The voice on the robocall, which went out to an unknown number of Georgia voters, identified itself as the "magical negro Oprah Winfrey".
"I left my home in California because I heard about what was happening down here in Georgia and I wanted to do whatever I could to lend my support". "Come on, Oprah! It's dehumanizing, it's completely baseless, it's totally cruel and again I say, you're much better than that and you're much bigger than that". Abrams faces off against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R).
"So we're basically saying Stacey Abrams has got it in the bag and she has no problems", she opined.
Ms Winfrey, who rarely makes political endorsements, drew cheers when she said she's a registered independent who was not in Georgia at anyone's request.
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Kemp - who, as Georgia secretary of state, is also in charge of elections and voter registration - faced backlash after it was reported his office had put more than 53,000 voter applications on hold, almost 70% of which are from African-Americans, because they failed to clear the state's controversial "exact match" standard.
Winfrey attends two forums with Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.
She added a note to the throng of media gathered for the event, urging against any reboot of recent speculation that she might run for president in 2020. "I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand because I'm thinking of running myself". "[She] has been down to Mar-A-Lago.until I ran for office we did very well. I'm not testing the waters", Winfrey said.
"Oprah's good, but the woman that she's supporting is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia by any stretch of the imagination".
The Georgia gubernatorial race had already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. In 2008, she campaigned for former US President Barack Obama as well Hillary Clinton in 2016. Civil rights groups have sued Kemp's office for purging thousands of inactive voters from the rolls and enforcing the state's "Exact Match" law, which has placed more than 53,000 voter registrations in limbo because information on the applications differed from government records.