Vote Suppressor Brian Kemp Runs Away From Second Debate Against Stacey Abrams

Frederick Owens
November 3, 2018

Abrams would be the first black female governor in US history.

Winfrey is part of a series of high-profile figures marking the final days of Abrams' tight race with Republican Brian Kemp. Recently, former president and former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter campaigned with Abrams, where he made a personal plea to Kemp to resign his post as it is seen as a conflict of interest.

Winfrey, 64, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before his 2008 White House run, and campaigned for the two-term president. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and both events are open to the public. There's a possibility of a December runoff, given that Libertarian Ted Metz also is on the ballot and Georgia's requirement that the victor garner a majority of the votes.

Winfrey praised her as a "change-maker" who represents the values of all Georgians.

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.

Though sometimes mentioned as a 2020 presidential candidate, Winfrey has demurred on her intentions.

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Oprah Winfrey and Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at a campaign event on November 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. "My great-grandmother taught me how to shoot when I was growing up in MS", said Abrams.

Trump's appearance may claim as a casualty the last debate scheduled between Kemp and Abrams. Instead, Kemp is expected to "host" Trump in a rally in Macon that same day, according to the station.

Kemp, the secretary of state in Georgia, has faced accusations of voter suppression in recent weeks over the state's "exact match" law and the cancellation of 670,000 voter registrations in 2017.

"We are disappointed that the Kemp campaign is demanding we renege on our promises", her campaign said in a statement.

"I appreciate your honesty, saying that you want to ban it", McCain shot back, repeating herself.

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