Oprah hits campaign trail in push for America's first black female governor

Oprah Stumps For Stacey Abrams In Georgia, Ignores Mike Pence’s “This Ain’t Hollywood” Nattering Nearby

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The hotly contested Georgia governor's race has garnered national attention and is now neck and neck. Pence is scheduled to appear with Republican nominee Brian Kemp at three rallies around the state.

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. "I think when you look like you care too much about celebrity endorsements, especially after you haven't been elected for first time, you see people like Eric Cantor, Wendy Davis, Kelly Ayotte - these are people who nationalize themselves too much".

Yesterday, media icon Oprah Winfrey joined Abrams at rallies in two Atlanta suburbs and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Kemp rallies in the Georgia cities of Augusta and Dalton.

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

"These automated calls are being sent into homes just days before President Trump arrives, reminding voters exactly who is promoting a political climate that celebrates this kind of vile, poisonous thinking", said Abrams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo.

More high-profile visits are planned, with former President Barack Obama coming to Atlanta Friday for Abrams and President Donald Trump campaigning Sunday for Kemp.

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"This is Georgia. And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first. That state will be in big, big trouble very quickly, and the people of Georgia don't want that".

Ms Winfrey blasted attacks on Ms Abrams that she says she saw in her hotel room - Republican ads casts Ms Abrams as "too extreme" and "radical" for Georgia - as "noise" that is "designed to confound you with fear".

"We now talk to more than 700 voters on an average day, and call volume has picked up considerably", Democratic Party of Georgia spokesman Seth Bringman said of their voter protection hotline. "Like I head I heard Oprah is in town today". "And I think she brings a different type of credibility". "I'm not testing the waters", she said.

She added, "To try to tie the candidacy of the Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to the scourge of racism and even lynchings?"

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.

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