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Oprah campaigns for Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

Oprah campaigns for Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

Oprah Winfrey hit Georgia on Thursday to campaign for Stacey Abrams, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker hoping to become the first black female governor in American history.

"Georgia has always been on a path of change and evolution", Abrams said.

More than 1.5 million Georgians already have cast ballots.

"This ain't Hollywood, this is Georgia - and Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first", Mr Pence said at a rally for Mr Kemp this week. But she also said the election is about issues like expanding Medicaid insurance and focusing state spending on public education, job training and small business startups.

Both candidates have taken to describing the race as a battle for "the soul of our state".

The entertainment icon, who rarely makes political endorsements, drew cheers when she said she's a registered independent who was not in Georgia at anyone's request.

"And I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams's liberal Hollywood friends: This ain't Hollywood", he added.

Winfrey has always been rumored to be a 2020 presidential candidate, but she quelled those rumors in her Thursday speech.

"I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand for myself".

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Ms Winfrey, who has dismissed rumours she is planning to run for President in 2020, also endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before the 2008 election. 'I'm not here to test any waters. "Don't want to go in those waters".

Speculation that Winfrey may pursue a White House run against President Donald Trump has been swirling since January, when she delivered a powerful speech at the Golden Globes. A top Abrams aide said Kemp and Trump have contributed to a poisonous atmosphere, and that Kemp has been silent on previous racially loaded attacks on Abrams. Pence said Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals, referring to Winfrey and actor Will Ferrell. She faces Republican Brian Kemp, who was appearing with Vice President Mike Pence at a trio of events in the state Thursday.

She shared, "Georgia you've been on my mind and here's why".

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already. But after her speech, in a sit-down interview with Abrams - reminiscent of the 25-year television run of her daytime television show - she noted they were "just two women from MS".

"I'm here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed".

"Remember, if blacks are going to have an authentic representation, wouldn't they then being to denounce the very party that she's asking them to vote for?"

U.S. talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey has been knocking on doors to get voters behind Stacey Abrams, much to the delight of those answering them.

Kemp told the packed crowd of supporters that the race for governor was a simple choice: one between continued economic prosperity under Republican leadership, or a turn to "socialism" under Democrats. He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city.

"For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote - wherever you are in this state, in this country - you are dishonouring your family", she said.


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