Abrams: Trump is 'wrong', I am qualified to be Georgia's governor

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Winfrey, who has been urged to run for office for months now, told the crowd: "I'm not trying to test any waters, don't want to go in those waters".

Georgia's secretary of state's office said Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after a failed alleged attempt to hack the state's voter registration system. Abrams would be the first black female governor in United States history.

She has declared she would use the gubernatorial role to expand healthcare, increase spending on public education and reforming criminal justice. Bill Nelson and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, two days after President Trump visited the state to stump for their Republican opponents.

Both candidates have taken to describing the race as a battle for "the soul of our state".

"Go with God, go with objective, go with your values, upholding everything we believe to be true about Stacey Abrams and why we're all voting for her", Winfrey said.

"I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand for myself".

"I don't want to run, OK?"

"I am an independent woman; I have earned the right to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it".

"So I'm canvassing for Stacey Abrams".

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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks to support Brian Kemp at a rally in Georgia.

Abrams is running on a campaign that includes Medicaid expansion, and "common-sense gun control", Winfrey noted.

Oprah also hosted two town halls with Abrams during her trip. During his speech, Pence tried to counter Abrams' liberal appeal with a folky message: "This ain't Hollywood".

A spokeswoman for Abrams lumped Kemp in with President Trump, suggesting the president created the climate for the racist calls to air.

Perhaps even more than President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Abrams on Friday, Winfrey's appeal closely aligns with Abrams' political pitch.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union "on Sunday, Abrams called the announcement a distraction and political move to sway voters in the final hours of the race".

More than 1.5 million Georgians already have cast ballots. 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 an African-American woman who is charting a very different path to doing this", Abrams told CNN last month.