Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Midterm elections 2018: Who is Stacey Abrams? Georgia politician backed by Oprah

Midterm elections 2018: Who is Stacey Abrams? Georgia politician backed by Oprah

Abrams' campaign has attracted support from prominent celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, who has canvassed and rallied with the candidate.

In an apparent reference to the controversy, Winfrey said, "Every single one of us - every single one of us - has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with" - she paused for resounding, prolonged applause by the audience - "cannot be suppressed and can not be denied". "I'm not testing the waters". The suit was brought by the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, protesting Kemp use of the state's "exact match" law, in his capacity as secretary of state. It goes on to compare the gubernatorial candidate to a "poor man's Aunt Jemimah" who "white women can be tricked into voting for, especially the fat ones".

As Georgia secretary of state, Kemp oversees election infrastructure, which Democrats say presents a conflict of interest.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia today to stump for Kemp and President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend. If elected, Abrams would be the first black woman elected governor in the country. "I paid for myself and I approve this message". "Well I'd like to remind Stacey Abrams and Oprah and Will Ferrell-I'm kind of a big deal too".

"Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals", Mr Pence 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". They don't help. Just ask Hillary Clinton.

A federal judge on Friday issued a blow to the GOP when she ruled that Georgia must allow more than 3,000 people affected by the states "exact match" to vote in this year's midterm elections on November 4.

The pitches from Pence and Winfrey clearly fit Abrams' and Kemp's respective strategies.

The Republican Party has held Georgia's governor position since 2003. He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city.

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".

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