Oprah Slams Racist Robo-Call Impersonating Her in Georgia Election

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On the eve of Georgia's tight and contentious governor's race, Republican and Democratic voters in an Atlanta focus group spoke in generally positive terms about a Stacey Abrams ad showing her family life, but they broke along party lines to argue about a Brian Kemp ad that played on similar themes.

If elected, Abrams would be the first non-white, non-male governor of Georgia and the first female African American governor in USA history.

The robocall, audio of which was posted on social media, features a man attempting to impersonate former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who campaigned for Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia last week.

"Brian Kemp is an incredible fighter and a tireless champion for the people and for the values of Georgia, and he was with me right from the beginning", President Trump told his supporters before warning their "Second Amendment is gone" if Abrams is elected.

The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp's office announced it had "opened an investigation" into the party on Saturday evening after what it described - without evidence - as "a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system".

The calls used derogatory remarks aimed at Winfrey and Stacey Abrams, the Democratic possibility for Georgia senator. Before any of that became public, Kemp's state office declared Sunday that it was investigating Georgia Democrats.

Well, Secretary of State Kemp, we have been telling you that something has been going on over the past several months, and yet here we are, one day before the election with a scandal on our hands said to be caused by the opposing party.

Since the beginning of the election season, voter suppression has been prevalent in the state of Georgia. Kemp counters that he is following the law and that Abrams and advocacy groups are trying to help noncitizens and others cast ballots illegally. A survey previous year by the security firm Carbon Black reported that one in four people said they would skip future elections based on worries their votes could be compromised. Democrats also have blasted Kemp over 53,000 voter registrations that his office flagged as pending ahead of Tuesday's election.

"Iconic" is 40 Black senior citizens told to get off a bus that was taking them to a poll station to cast early votes. And we know what to do about that: vote.

In a statement Saturday morning, Abigail Collazo, Abrams' director of strategic communication, accused Kemp and President Donald Trump of contributing to a political atmosphere that feeds such hate.

The finger-pointing is the latest turn in a campaign whose final weeks have been dominated by charges of voter suppression and countercharges of attempted voter fraud.

Finally, no matter what happens, expect a hard look in the state and around the country next year at whether a sitting secretary of state should oversee his or her own election to higher office in the future.

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