In a rousing speech in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Atlanta, Oprah Winfrey urged voters on Thursday to make history by backing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in next week's election. I don't want to run.
The competing scenes - from the candidates, to the audiences, to the headliner guests - underscore the choice Georgia voters face Tuesday in one of the nation's premier midterm matchups.
"She's home!" Winfrey says in the video, standing at a door. With Metz consistently pulling down just a couple of points of support, no poll of the race so far has either Kemp nor Abrams breaking 50 percent. I am here today because I know you know that.
Abrams is running neck and neck with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Vice President Mike Pence fired back Thursday at Oprah Winfrey and other "Hollywood liberals" who were campaigning for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for the gubernatorial race in Georgia.More news: Steven Gerrard interrupts question for player to clarify "warning" for Rangers squad
"And I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams's liberal Hollywood friends: This ain't Hollywood", Pence added "This is Georgia and Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first".
Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Abrams tomorrow. Her path to victory, as the campaign sees it, comes through activating voters who might have sat out past elections or never before cast a ballot while - at the same time, with the same message - appealing to political moderates, especially those tied into Atlanta's booming economy.
Winfrey did not mention Pence or the frequent GOP broadsides about "Hollywood" outsiders. Winfrey continued, despite the woman's surprise.
Winfrey praised her as a "change-maker" who represents the values of all Georgians.
Winfrey and Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation in Marietta, Ga.