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

Oprah Winfrey took part in a town hall meeting with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams ahead of the mid-term election

Oprah Winfrey took part in a town hall meeting with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams ahead of the mid-term election

McDowell said Thursday that Winfrey's campaign efforts on behalf of Abrams is "going to get that woman elected". "I paid for myself and I approve this message".

"I just heard you know", Pence said, "Brian Kemp's getting the support of all kinds of hard-working people all across Georgia and Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals".

Abrams would be the first black female governor in USA history. "Well I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too". Kemp's office has suspended processing 53,000 voter registrations, 70 percent of which are for black Georgians.

She shared, "Georgia you've been on my mind and here's why".

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

A robocall apparently from a white supremacist group has injected racism directly into the Georgia governor's race, a tight contest already the subject of race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. After Thursday's dueling outsiders, former president Barack Obama will follow on Friday for Abrams.

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Winfrey did not mention Pence or the frequent GOP broadsides about "Hollywood" outsiders. But after her speech, in a sit-down interview with Abrams - reminiscent of the 25-year television run of her daytime television show - she noted they were "just two women from MS". If elected, she would be the first black woman elected governor in the United States.

She encouraged black and female voters to go to the polls, telling them that "for anybody here who has ancestor who didn't have right to vote. you are dishonoring your family".

USA talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey has been knocking on doors to get voters behind Stacey Abrams, much to the delight of those answering them. He then blasted Abrams' policy pitches on health care and education.

Interesting position, because local Republicans have, from time to time, touting a tax credit that has turned Georgia into a film-making force; the industry contributed an estimated $2.7 billion in direct spending in Georgia a year ago, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Goosing a GOP base that holds Trump and Pence in high regard is key to the approach.

In the final sprint for candidates to canvass and get out the vote, the days before an election can be a blur of rallies and campaign appearances for politicians and the reporters who cover them, with little time for relief or levity.

After Winfrey's speech, Abrams climbed the stage to join a discussion and was greeted by chants from the audience.

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