Oprah Winfrey will head to Georgia on Thursday to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, BuzzFeed News reports. Winfrey will knock on doors and encourage eligible voters to pick Abrams for the state’s highest office; a win would make her the first Black female governor in U.S history. The billionaire also plans to join the candidate at town hall events in Cobb and DeKalb Counties, per the report.
The Georgia race is being closely watched by political insiders due to recent reports accusing Abrams’ Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, of voter suppression tactics such as placing a hold on tens of thousands of voter registrations, a claim he said was “a farce.”
“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,” Abrams told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Abrams on Wednesday and other Democratic candidates on the ballot. Other notables who have recently campaigned for Abrams include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and comedian Will Ferrell.
A recent FiveThirtyEight poll shows the race to be a dead heat, with Abrams holding a 1 percent lead over Kemp with registered voters.
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