Oprah Shocks Georgians While Canvasing for Stacey Abrams

'I approve this message': Oprah makes rare political appearance in support of Georgian candidate

The Georgia secretary of state is Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor who is locked in a tight race with the Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Referring to legal verdicts in cases concerning alleged voter suppression, she said: "This is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and forced him to allow absentee ballots to be counted and those being held captive by the exact match system to be allowed to vote".

"You get a vote!"

The hotly contested Georgia governor's race has garnered national attention and is now neck and neck.

"The explosive 11th hour development Sunday intensified calls for Kemp to step aside as the state's top election official even as he runs for Georgia's top political post", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated."Throughout the campaign he has refused to do so".

Kemp - who, as Georgia secretary of state, is also in charge of elections and voter registration - faced backlash after it was reported his office had put more than 53,000 voter applications on hold, almost 70% of which are from African-Americans, because they failed to clear the state's controversial "exact match" standard.

Bruce Brown, lawyer for the nonprofit Coalition for Good Governance, told WhoWhatWhy that the security vulnerabilities suggested Kemp had failed in protecting the security of voter information as Georgia's secretary of state.

"She had all the celebrities in 2016", Hurt said.

"I'm the only candidate with a plan to get that done and to do that without vitriol, without vilifying people", she added. "I'm not trying to test any waters", Winfrey told the crowd in Marietta, Georgia, prompting applause and some cheers of encouragement.

Kemp is now facing off with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governorship in a tight race.

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"I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand for myself". "And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain".

The actress is set to hit the campaign trail for Abrams this week and gave a heartfelt speech at Thursday's event. "This is the South. People have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

"Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals", Pence said, after drawing boos when he mentioned that "Oprah is in town" and noted that actor Will Ferrell was recently in the state for Democrats.

Also rallying behind Ms Abrams is former president Barack Obama and Hollywood names such as Will Ferrel and Mark Ruffalo, who have all campaigned in the midterm elections runup. For decades, the media mogul has defied conventions and amassed a rare kind of fandom that defies racial, cultural and class boundaries.

Ms Abrams, 44, is running against Georgia's Republican Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, who has had the backing of own big name: Vice President Mike Pence.

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

"I've earned the right to do what I want to do when I want to do it. But I also think they're excited by the possibility it could work".

"Down here in Georgia y'all going door to door".

Speaking to a mostly female audience north of downtown Atlanta, she said: "I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter". Winfrey continued, despite the woman's surprise. But you're sure as shit no Oprah.

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