Democrat Stacey Abrams is in a tight race with Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia’s Gubernatorial seat, and both sides have pulled out all the stops with big-names campaigning to get voters to the polls.
Oprah Winfrey is the latest to add her name to a celebrity lineup supporting Abrams for the governorship. Winfrey hasn’t stepped onto the campaign trail since 2008 when she spoke in support of then-candidate Barack Obama.
“Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us through the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community,” said Abrams in a statement. “I am honored to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”
Winfrey is expected in Georgia on Thursday to help the Abrams campaign by speaking at ticketed events in Cobb and DeKalb Counties and will go door-to-door to help get out the vote.
Winfrey isn’t the only celebrity knocking on doors in support of Abrams. Last week Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell were in Georgia spreading the word for the Abrams campaign.
Common also campaigned with Abrams last week, promoting #SoulsToThePolls. Abrams appeared with Common and explained that Georgia’s Gubernatorial race had national implications on the optics of political leadership in America.
Georgia sits at a crossroads. We are fighting for the soul of our state. But in 8 days—with all of us pitching in to get out the vote—I know that we will march forward.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 29, 2018
Part of the celebrity push was a recent announcement that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will make stops in Georgia on behalf of Kemp, whose campaign has been riddled with allegations of manipulation of voter rolls in Georgia, and last week he expressed concern at a private event of the potential outcome of the election should people get out and exercise their right to vote.
Former President Barack Obama committed his support to Abrams last week and will be headlining a rally at Moorehouse College this Friday. Obama’s appearance is part of a string of nationwide stops to support Democrats in tightly contested races.
An NBC News/Marist poll showed the Georgia Gubernatorial race in a dead heat with only one percentage point separating the candidates, Kemp was leading Abrams 46-45. If elected Abrams will be the first African-American female governor in America.
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Rachel Lucio is a freelance writer in Austin, TX. She has been writing professionally since 1991, and has covered state, local and national government for more than a decade.