Rep. John Lewis gets "Happy" at an event for Stacey Abrams


Oprah Winfrey made it clear when she was in Georgia on Thursday to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams that she was not there to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid of her own.

"Sending their support into the state, and some of them come into the state", he said.

"I heard Oprah's in town today", Pence 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".

"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, who were repressed and oppressed for the right for the right for the equality at the polls", Winfrey cried.

"Take a look at her past, take a look at her history, take a look at what she wants to do and what she has in mind for the state".

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Winfrey told the crowd that anyone that chose not to vote is ignoring the challenges others had to face. "She cares about medicaid expansion, keeping families together", she said. "You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy". For both parties, the result of Georgia governor's race will be an indication of where this big, increasingly purple state goes in the coming years.

As Winfrey was speaking, Vice President Mike Pence was in Dalton, about 70 miles north of Marietta, to add his support to Kemp. Winfrey continued, despite the woman's surprise.

Perhaps even more than President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Abrams on Friday, Winfrey's appeal closely aligns with Abrams' political pitch. "I'm kind of a big deal too and I've got a message, I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends".

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

She shared, "Georgia you've been on my mind and here's why".