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

'I approve this message': Oprah makes rare political appearance in support of Georgian candidate

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

Noting that he heard Winfrey was in the Peach State, Pence said, "I got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: this ain't Hollywood". The media mogul touched on voter suppression in the state and encouraged voters to cast their ballots.

In an apparent reference to the controversy, Winfrey said, "Every single one of us - every single one of us - has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with" - she paused for resounding, prolonged applause by the audience - "cannot be suppressed and can not be denied". "And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain".

The ruling sides against Republican gubernatorial candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose office oversees elections.

As a black woman, Winfrey noted her kinship to two groups historically denied ballot access in the United States. "However, the Court finds that this burden - disseminating information about who may check proof of citizenship and training poll managers how to do so, as set forth below - is minimal compared to the potential loss of a right to vote altogether by a group of people".

Results from the latest Emerson poll show that Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, has 49 percent support among likely Georgia voters. Abrams will make history if she's elected governor of the state as the first black woman to hold the post. Pence said Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals, referring to Winfrey and actor Will Ferrell.

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And someone out front was wearing a giant chicken suit holding a sign that reads "too chicken to debate", alluding to Kemp withdrawing from a debate scheduled Sunday in favor of appearing in Macon with President Donald Trump. "But this is the South, people have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

Kemp's office also named the Georgia Democratic Party, but offered no details on why it's included in the probe, which was reportedly opened Saturday evening.

A federal judge on Friday issued a blow to the GOP when she ruled that Georgia must allow more than 3,000 people affected by the states "exact match" to vote in this year's midterm elections on November 4.

Winfrey addressed a crowd in Marietta, Georgia, on the same day and encouraged people to vote and to vote for Abrams for governor.

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