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Oprah campaigns for Stacey Abrams, as star power hits the stump in final midterm stretch

Oprah Winfrey made her 2018 midterm campaign debut on Thursday, hitting the stump for Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s heated gubernatorial contest – the latest celebrity or political heavyweight bringing their star power to the final stretch going into Election Day.

To thunderous cheers redolent of those from her famously effusive studio audiences, Winfrey took the stage in Marietta, Ga., to back Abrams as the candidate who “cares about the things that matter” – ticking off her stances on Medicaid expansion, environmental protection and “common-sense gun control.”

“I don’t want to run. I’m not trying to test any waters,” she insisted, taking care to blunt any potential headlines on presidential ambitions (she claims to have none). “I’m here today because of Stacey Abrams.”

In striking terms, Winfrey urged Georgians to exercise their right to vote: “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 … for the right, for equality at the polls. … I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.”

The media mogul and the gubernatorial nominee later embraced as Winfrey turned over the microphone to the candidate. Read more

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Oprah campaigns for Stacey Abrams, as star power hits the stump in final midterm stretch

Oprah Winfrey made her 2018 midterm campaign debut on Thursday, hitting the stump for Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s heated gubernatorial contest – the latest celebrity or political heavyweight bringing their star power to the final stretch going into Election Day.

Oprah campaigns for Stacey Abrams, as star power hits the stump in final midterm stretch

Oprah Winfrey made her 2018 midterm campaign debut on Thursday, hitting the stump for Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s heated gubernatorial contest – the latest celebrity or political heavyweight bringing their star power to the final stretch going into Election Day.

Oprah campaigns for Stacey Abrams, as star power hits the stump in final midterm stretch

Oprah Winfrey made her 2018 midterm campaign debut on Thursday, hitting the stump for Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s heated gubernatorial contest – the latest celebrity or political heavyweight bringing their star power to the final stretch going into Election Day.