Kemp, Abrams Near Even in Race For Georgia Governor

04 November, 2018, 23:03 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Oprah Winfrey

The office of Georgia's secretary of state announced Sunday ― just two days before the midterm elections ― that it had opened an investigation a day earlier into the Democratic Party of Georgia over an unspecified alleged cyber attack.

"I'm encouraged to see so many young voters showing up at the polls, and I'm also encouraged to see that we have a growing pool of independent voters who I think will break for democrats during this election", she said.

Abrams, a graduate of Yale Law School, was the minority leader in the Georgia State House of Representatives and is in a closely fought race against Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp to succeed Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The discussion began with a focus on Oprah Winfrey and the rousing speech she gave on Thursday for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).

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".

She faces Republican Brian Kemp, who was appearing with Vice President Mike Pence at a trio of events in the state Thursday. "I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand because I'm thinking of running myself".

The allegations of voter suppression and the possibility that Abrams could become the first African-American woman to serve as a governor in the United States has drawn national attention to the race.

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"I don't want to run, okay?"

"You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don't vote", she added. Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey have stumped for Abrams. "I'm not trying to test any waters", she said.

Among that "onslaught", Winfrey blasted Republican ads she'd seen in her hotel room casting Abrams as too radical for the state, calling it "noise...created to confound you with fear".

A spokeswoman for Abrams lumped Kemp in with President Trump, suggesting the president created the climate for the racist calls to air.

"I'm excited to be in a dead heat because we're going to turn out voters who never voted before", Abrams said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I'm here today because of Stacey Abrams".

"The Democratic Party of Georgia shares that concern, but we did not create, discover or attempt to take advantage of the deeply vulnerable system used by the Secretary of State's office".

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