'Big Guns' Come Out in Georgia's Governor Race

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Oprah Winfrey was met with a boisterous reception as she rallied support for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams on Thursday afternoon.

"I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter", Winfrey said.

The focus of her speech, however, wasn't Abrams.

"I want to tell you...no one paid for me to come here".

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"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 in Marietta, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb. "You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy".

Abrams would be the first black female governor in American history, and she's sought the post as an unapologetic liberal trying to draw new voters to the polls and prove that Georgia's growth and diversity make it a legitimate two-party battleground.

Winfrey did not mention Pence who, in appearances same day, charged Abrams with being "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals" and derided Winfrey's presence as well as a recent campaign appearance for Abrams by Will Ferrell.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia today to stump for Kemp and President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend.

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Georgia, however, is home to a booming film industry, thanks to more than $1 billion in tax credits over the past decade, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The pitches from Pence and Winfrey clearly fit Abrams' and Kemp's respective strategies. "I am here because I want you to remind others of the power".

Videos uploaded to Ms Winfrey's and Ms Abrams' social media showed the television personality knocking on doors canvassing for the hopeful governor.

She added that Abrams is "standing strong for the values that matter to me and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state".

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"Surprise, surprise", Winfrey, 64, said.