Midterm elections 2018: Who is Stacey Abrams? Georgia politician backed by Oprah

Oprah Stumps For Stacey Abrams In Georgia, Ignores Mike Pence’s “This Ain’t Hollywood” Nattering Nearby

Oprah Stumps For Stacey Abrams In Georgia, Ignores Mike Pence’s “This Ain’t Hollywood” Nattering Nearby

Pence said he had a message for Abrams and her other celebrity friends - including Will Ferrell - who rallied for her in Georgia: "This ain't Hollywood!".

Oprah Winfrey delivered an impassioned call to voters Thursday in a fiery stump speech in support of Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. However, McCain argued tapping "east coast elites" like Winfrey to campaign on Abrams' behalf has the potential to backfire.

Pence drew boos from the crowd when he mentioned that "Oprah is in town" and noted that actor Will Ferrell was recently in Georgia for Democrats.

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".

The hotly contested Georgia governor's race has garnered national attention and is now neck and neck, with Ms Abrams up against Republican nominee Brian Kemp. "Once I ran for office she diverged", he said.

Lewis, the 78-year-old who as a young man was severely beaten by police as he fought for voting rights in the Jim Crow south, said: "This young lady is playing a major role in helping liberate all of us, liberate the state of Georgia, liberate the South, liberate America". Almost 5 percent of respondents said they were undecided, while 1.6 percent said they meant to support a libertarian candidate.

In a statement, Kemp said the lawsuit forced the state "to waste time and taxpayer dollars for the judge to tell us to do something that we already do".

Ms Winfrey, who has dismissed rumours she is planning to run for President in 2020, also endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before the 2008 election. "Be very careful. Don't make predictions before Election Day". "I'm not trying to test any waters", she said.

Stacey Abrams, 44, is a lawyer and novelist who served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.

Abrams' Director of Strategic Communication Abigail Collazo said that Kemp and President Donald Trump have both fueled the atmosphere of racist hate around the gubernatorial race, and said "desperation from many dark corners" was contributing to election stealing and cheating based on a culture of fear, according to CNN. "I'm kind of a big deal, too". He was in Florida earlier for Andrew Gillum, who would be his state's first Black governor. Civil rights groups have sued Kemp's office for purging thousands of inactive voters from the rolls and enforcing the state's "Exact Match" law, which has placed more than 53,000 voter registrations in limbo because information on the applications differed from government records.

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