Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is running a tough campaign against Republican Brian Kemp and she just got a huge co-sign from a big-time name: Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Auntie Oprah will arrive in Georgia on Thursday with plans to attend a pair of town hall events in the state, and will accompany Abrams in knocking on voters’ doors in one of the state’s final days of early voting and just five days before Election Day.
“Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us though the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community,” Abrams told NBC News in a statement. “I am honored to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”
Oprah is widely viewed as having given then-candidate Barack Obama the visibility and boost he needed to get his presidential campaign going over a decade ago.
Abrams is tying to become the nation’s first African-American female governor, and the first Democrat to hold the office in Georgia since 2002.
Kemp, the Georgia Secretary Of State, has refused to resign from his position overseeing elections that he himself is running in.
Abrams and many Democrats have accused Kemp of trying to stifle votes, especially those of Black voters.
Recent polls have put the race in a dead heat.