Oprah campaigns for Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

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

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

Stacey Abrams, 44, is a lawyer and novelist who served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017. I don't want to run. As she battles Republican Brian Kemp and fights against Kemp's alleged efforts to to suppress voting, she has gotten tremendous support from America's queen herself: Oprah Winfrey. In a video Winfrey posted on her Instagram page, one woman jumped when she opened the door.

She encouraged black and female voters to go to the polls, telling them that "for anybody here who has ancestor who didn't have right to vote. you are dishonoring your family".

Kemp is Georgia's secretary of state and vehemently denies charges that he's used his office to make it harder for minorities to vote. Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Kemp on Thursday, and criticized the star power Abrams' campaign has attracted.

"This is Georgia. And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first".

"I think we've made great progress, particularly at the individual polling stations and with the tabulations of votes", Warner said. Pence said Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals, referring to Winfrey and actor Will Ferrell. She recalled generations of black Americans who faced "lynching. oppression. suppression", and declared that "their blood has seeped into my DNA" and forced her to the polls. "I mean, this is the South. People have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

Then she encouraged women of all races - "sisters. not just 'sistahs,"' she joked - to remember that they would have been "just a piece of property" with no ballot barely a century ago.

Perhaps even more than President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Abrams on Friday, Winfrey's appeal closely aligns with Abrams' political pitch.

"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes", Candice Broce, Kemp's press secretary, said in a statement.

Her path to victory, as the campaign sees it, comes through activating voters who might have sat out past elections or never before cast a ballot while - at the same time, with the same message - appealing to political moderates, especially those tied into Atlanta's booming economy. Goosing a GOP base that holds Trump and Pence in high regard is key to the approach.

Winfrey and Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation in Marietta, Ga.

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