Georgia voters are getting insanely racist robocalls impersonating Oprah

Howard TerryNov 07, 2018

The race to decide the next governor of Georgia is nearly dead even, with Republican candidate Brian Kemp holding a slim lead in the campaign's homestretch.

Oprah is in Georgia, supporting Stacey Abrams' bid to become the first female African-American governor in USA history.

Winfrey did not mention Pence who, in appearances same day, charged Abrams with being "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals" and derided Winfrey's presence as well as a recent campaign appearance for Abrams by Will Ferrell.

The admission comes after Trump condemned Oprah for her involvement in a 60 Minutes segment in which she interviewed both Trump voters and non-Trump voters. Her most visible foray into electoral politics was as an outspoken supporter of Obama, her fellow Chicagoan, when he first won the White House in 2008.

Last week an NBC News/Marist poll showed Kemp leading Abrams by 2 percentage points.

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

The two campaigns agreed weeks ago to debate in WSB-TV studios. "She's a great speaker, but I liked her better when she was giving away Toyotas and refrigerators", Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on her show on Thursday night in reaction to Winfrey's speech.

Abrams' Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, strongly denounced the automated call, calling it "absolutely disgusting" in a statement Friday.

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. But there's a wild card - Libertarian candidate Ted Metz.

President Donald Trump is taking his immigration message to Missouri as he continues his campaign rally blitz leading up to the midterm elections. "It's very much a base election in a lot of respects".

Visits from Trump and Pence - and the location of those events - illustrate that strategy.

The voice on the robocall pretends to be Oprah Winfrey, who stumped for Abrams in Georgia earlier this week.

With early and absentee voting underway ahead of the November 6 election, Democrats and voting rights groups in Georgia are staging massive voter protection operations, including poll monitors and voter assistance hotlines, to ensure people can access the ballot.

Kemp's campaign called the incidents "fake" and blamed Abrams.

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