Legal decisions and a racist robocall in Georgia governor's race

04 November, 2018, 19:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Oprah Winfrey

The race to decide the next governor of Georgia is nearly dead even, with Republican candidate Brian Kemp holding a slim lead in the campaign's homestretch.

The call begins, "This is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, the governor of Georgia".

Democratic gubernatorial Stacey Abrams' campaign just got an unexpected volunteer: Oprah Winfrey.

Libertarian candidate Ted Metz has 1 percent support, while 2 percent are undecided.

Abrams' director of strategic communication Abigail Collazo told CNN that their campaign has "seen increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election, cheat, lie, and prey on people's fears".

As a black woman, Ms Winfrey noted her kinship to two groups historically denied ballot access in the United States.

Noting that he heard Winfrey was in the Peach State, Pence said, "I got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: this ain't Hollywood".

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Oprah also gave an impassioned speech in Marietta, calling on people to vote and saying, "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 dishonoring your family".

"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, for the right for the equality at the polls", Winfrey said. 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.

Staunch conservative Kemp, who embraces Trump's hard-line on immigration, brandishes a gun in his campaign ads, blasts Abrams as a tool of "socialists" and "Hollywood elites" who "want to turn Georgia into California".

Investigative journalism website WhoWhatWhy reported Sunday that they had received an email and document, sent from the Democratic Party of Georgia to election security experts, that highlights "massive" vulnerabilities within the state's online voter registration system.

The 64-year-old media titan shared a video on her Instagram page holding a clipboard and knocking on the door of a voter named Denise.

"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", Press Secretary Candice Broce says in the press release. Goosing a GOP base that holds Trump and Pence in high regard is key to the approach.

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