Oprah Winfrey Responds to Racist Robocalls Targeting Stacey Abrams

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Georgia voters are turning out to decide several key Election Day contests beyond the heated race for governor.

Here is a snapshot of tactics used in the historic race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, a white Republican who oversees elections as Georgia's secretary of state: "Eleventh-hour legal decisions, a racist robocall, voter suppression, ballot access, and a protester donning a giant chicken suit and holding a sign that reads 'too chicken to debate, '" The Associated Press notes.

Some of those Atlanta-area counties had extended voting hours for some precincts to accommodate the crowds and compensate for problems. At least one polling station will be kept open until 9:25 p.m. A survey a year ago 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. But, she said she doesn't want that to drive the outcome. When Abrams' Republican challenger tried to vote, his card read as "invalid".

"I think it's outrageous", Levin said.

With 37 states and the District of Columbia using early voting, many more people cast their ballots that way than four years ago.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is vying to become the nation's first African-American female governor. She's already made history as the first black woman to be a major party gubernatorial nominee.

"Does the Georgia Secretary of State have the forensics capability and expertise necessary to investigate their own potential breach?" Eyes from all over the country are on Georgia's race for governor.

Democrats blasted Kemp on Sunday, charging him with launching a shameless "political stunt" two days before Election Day.

Both candidates are being backed by big-name celebrities and political heavyweights: Kemp boasts the support of Heisman Trophy victor Herschel Walker, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, while Abrams claims Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama.

President Trump responded to Oprah's campaigning for Abrams at a rally held for Brian Kemp, saying, "Oprah was a friend of mine until I ran for office". In a video released by WSB-TV, Kemp can be seen struggling with the voting process. Kemp says he's following federal and state election law. Georgia law requires a majority to win, so the presence of a Libertarian on the ballot could yield a December 4 runoff.

At her first campaign stop of the day in Savannah, Abrams slammed Kemp as a "bald-faced liar" who abused his powers as the sitting secretary of state when he suggested over the weekend, without offering evidence, that the Georgia Democratic Party tampered with the state's online voter database.

A motion for a temporary restraining order asks a judge to order Georgia's governor to appoint a replacement who is not affiliated with Kemp or his campaign. Unlike almost every Democrat before her in Georgia, Abrams has run an unapologetically progressive campaign after many, many, many half-in, half-out Democrats have tried mightily to appeal to Georgia's large Republican population, only to lose anyway.

Voters in the USA state of Georgia broke the record for early voting in a midterm election with more than two million ballots cast ahead of tomorrow's contest, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a press release. "While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cybercrimes", said Candice Broce, who works for Kemp. "You need to vote for us because we're better".

Abrams' top policy priority is an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.