Georgia governor race: Oprah, Pence hit the trail for Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp

DECATUR, Ga. — Stacey Abrams, who is vying to become the nation’s first female African-American governor, got a big campaign push in Georgia from Oprah Winfrey ahead of Election Day. The media mogul told a Cobb County crowd Thursday that she called the Democratic candidate out of the blue last week.

“I’m here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter. She cares about medicaid expansion, keeping families together,” she said.

Oprah Winfrey Campaigns With Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

Oprah Winfrey and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams greet the audience during a town hall style event at the Cobb Civic Center on Nov. 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia.

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She also went door to door, to the shock of some Georgia voters.

Winfrey is a registered independent and has only stumped for one other major candidate: Barack Obama. The part-time CBS News contributor for “60 Minutes” is stepping away from that role while she campaigns.

Abrams is running neck and neck with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. He hit the trail Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence.

“I heard Oprah’s in town today,” Pence said. “I’m kind of a big deal too and I’ve got a message, I’ve got a message for all of Stacey Abrams’ liberal Hollywood friends. This ain’t Hollywood. This is Georgia.”

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Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

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The governor’s race has been plagued by accusations of voter suppression. Oprah urged minority voters not to be deterred.

“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,” she said.

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