Oprah: 'Not Trying to Test Any Waters' With Abrams Speeches

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Abrams, who is attempting to become the first black female governor in US history, then thanked Winfrey in a statement, reports ABC News.

Oprah Winfrey's impassioned speech on Thursday at a campaign event for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) earned praise from an array of media figures, including those on President Donald Trump's favorite TV channel: Fox News.

In a direct call to women, Winfrey said it hasn't even been 100 years since women had the right to vote, and called for women to honor the legacy of those who fought for the right.

Abrams is running neck and neck with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. "I'm not trying to test any waters". In 2008, incumbent GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss was forced into a runoff with Democratic challenger Jim Martin, who had been buoyed by an increased black turnout with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket. "This is really going to make [Abrams], I think, the next governor of the state of Georgia".

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

She said that she called Abrams up and offered to make campaign appearances for her. Winfrey said to Abrams, "You keep standing strong for the values that matter to me, and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state".

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The entertainment icon, who rarely makes political endorsements, drew cheers when she said she's a registered independent who was not in Georgia at anyone's request.

At a campaign rally for her Republican opponent Brian Kemp, Pence said, "I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: This ain't Hollywood".

She touched on one of the major issues of the Abrams-Kemp campaign: voting rights.

Winfrey blasted attacks on Abrams that she says she saw in her hotel room - Republican ads casts Abrams as "too extreme" and "radical" for Georgia - as "noise" that is "designed to confound you with fear".

And in a nod to the allegations of voter suppression that have marked the gubernatorial race, Winfrey told the crowd that "every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with, can not be suppressed and can not be denied".

Winfrey and Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation in Marietta, Ga.