Oprah Winfrey Campaigns with Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

Oprah Winfrey Campaigns with Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

Oprah Winfrey Campaigns with Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

On Thursday Vice President Mike Pence held a rally for Kemp in Dalton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey held a rally for Abrams in Marietta.

Winfrey shot down reports that she is planning to run for president.

The cultural icon said she is a political independent who has "earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself". "I don't want to go in those waters".

Abrams is running as an unapologetic liberal, marked by her pledge to reverse Georgia Republicans' refusal to expand Medicaid insurance under Obama's 2010 health care law.

Female voters said they prefer Abrams 53.4 percent to 38.9 percent, while male voters said they prefer Kemp 54.5 percent to 40.5 percent.

Abrams, who is attempting to become the first black female governor in US history, then thanked Winfrey in a statement, reports ABC News.

"I have this to say to you, black people with ancestors who never had the chance", Oprah said at the event.

Winfrey's first dive into the political arena came in 2007, when she endorsed Barack Obama and campaigned for him in SC and other states. "I'm not trying to test any waters, don't want to go in those waters".

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Oprah's message came as she delivered a rousing speech in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Atlanta.

"You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don't vote", she added.

Kemp and Democratic Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race that offers a stark choice in a state accustomed to business-minded, centrist governors.

"I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", Pence said, in an apparent reference to a line from Ferrell's hit 2004 film, "Anchorman".

"With the support of the Dawg Nation and leaders like Herschel and Coach Dooley, we can win at the ballot box and put hardworking Georgians first", Kemp said.

Rapper and actor Common attended a "Souls to the Polls" rally with Abrams on Sunday in Atlanta.

Lucy McBath is trying to unseat Rep. Karen Handel, who won a special election past year over Jon Ossoff in a race that became the most expensive House contest ever.

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