Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Oprah surprises Georgia residents while campaigning for Stacey Abrams

Oprahwinfreyabrams1 Watch Oprah Invokes Lynching Oppression in Campaign Speech for Stacey Abrams Rob Kim Getty Images 1 Nov 2018
| 04 November, 2018, 01:33

"I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand, I'm thinking about running myself", Winfrey said.

Winfrey also is to appear alongside Abrams at a second town hall later on Thursday in DeKalb County. Kemp, who has bucked calls to resign or recuse himself, says he is following the law and has made it easier to vote in Georgia.

A US judge on Friday ordered Georgia to allow some 3,000 recently naturalized USA citizens to vote in elections next week after their voting registrations were put on hold, according to a ruling filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Last week, District Judge Leigh Martin May issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state of Georgia from throwing out absentee ballots and applications in cases where a voter's signature didn't match their paperwork.

Winfrey is in Georgia in support of Abrams, who hopes to become Georgia's first black female governor.

She said that she called Abrams up and offered to make campaign appearances for her. Winfrey said to Abrams: "You keep standing strong for the values that matter to me, and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state".


The contentious gubernatorial race between Abrams, a former leader in the state House of Representatives, and her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has been marred by accusations of voter suppression. "She's a woman who dared believe she could change the state of Georgia".

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.

On Sunday, President Trump will also be in Georgia campaigning for Kemp. Kemp hails from Republicans' conservative wing and embraces President Trump.

He declared that he had "a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: This ain't Hollywood. She had all the celebrities in 2016", Hurt said.

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

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