Vote Suppressor Brian Kemp Runs Away From Second Debate Against Stacey Abrams

Leroy Wright
November 3, 2018

The talk show icon, who's been rumored as a presidential candidate in recent years, will campaign for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday.

Kemp, the Republican nominee, canceled on Wednesday his participation in Sunday night's debate so that he could campaign with President Donald Trump at a rally, the New York Times reported.

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In an interview on "The View" Tuesday morning, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, called for AR-15 rifles to be banned. On Monday, former U.S. President and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter asked Kemp to step down as secretary of state since he was running for governor.

Winfrey endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before his 2008 White House run, and campaigned for the two-term president.

Earlier this week, actor Will Ferrell was stumping for Abrams, canvassing neighborhoods.

Kemp's office said the cancellations were part of "regular list maintenance of the voter rolls to ensure election integrity".

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In Georgia, election officials have suspended more than 50,000 applications to register to vote, majority for black voters, under a rigorous Republican-backed law that requires personal information to exactly match driver's licence or Social Security records.

Both town halls - one in Cobb County and one in DeKalb County - have been sold out, according to Abrams' campaign.

"I assume that by banning it, you would be rounding them up", McCain said.

But after her speech, in a sit-down interview with Abrams - reminiscent of the 25-year television run of her daytime television show - she noted they were 'just two women from MS, ' where Abrams spent most of her childhood before moving to Georgia. The candidate has a chance to become the first black woman to be governor of a state.

She recalled generations of black Americans who faced "lynching. oppression. suppression, ' and declared that 'their blood has seeped into my DNA" and forced her to the polls.

Then she encouraged women of all races - "sisters ... not just 'sistahs,"' she joked - to remember that they would have been "just a piece of property" with no ballot barely a century ago.

That could mean that events that energize the base, like a rally with Trump or Obama, could carry more weight than a debate less than 48 hours before Election Day.

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