Pence Knocks Abrams Over Celebrity Support: 'This Ain't Hollywood, This Is Georgia'

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"This is Georgia. And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first".

Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Abrams on Thursday.

She touched on one of the major issues of the Abrams-Kemp campaign: voting rights. "They are not designed for people with discernment", she told a crowd at the Cobb Civic Center Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, Ga.

"For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family", Winfrey said.

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

"I'm here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed", Winfrey said.

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Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also opted not to participate. Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told ABC on Monday that the President of the United States was always welcome to visit.

Stacey Abrams, who is vying to become the nation's first female African-American governor, got a big campaign push in Georgia from Oprah Winfrey ahead of Election Day.

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday a vote for Brian Kemp is tantamount to support for President Donald Trump, as he assailed Democrat Stacey Abrams and her high-profile supporters at a rally that attracted thousands in Dalton.

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, has been challenged for his decision to freeze some 50,000 voter applications.

Abrams is looking to maximize turnout among nonwhites, liberal urban whites and just enough whites everywhere else, including a smattering of moderates and suburban Republicans who are disenchanted with Trump - a considerable overlap with the fan base that propelled Winfrey to her billionaire icon status.