Oprah campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Georgia

Certainly, Oprah's star power has helped draw the eyes of the nation to the race between Abrams and Trump-endorsed Republican nominee Brian Kemp, who now serves as Georgia's secretary of state.

Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd in Georgia on Thursday that he was "kind of a big deal", after railing against "Hollywood liberals", including Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell, who lent their support to Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor. During a debate against Abrams he said he would not recuse himself in other election-related issues. The state has not elected a Democrat governor since 1998. And it has similarly spilled into the partisan arena.

As a result of policies Secretary Kemp has seen to, tens of thousands of majority-Black potential Georgia voters have seen their applications placed on hold.

The ACLU announced on Friday that another court had sided against Kemp in a different voting rights case. Polling throughout October has shown Kemp leading by one point, Kemp and Abrams tied, and, as of a few days ago, Abrams leading by one point.

"Let's go to the polls like you've never voted before!" said Rep. Lewis.

Civil rights groups celebrated the ruling on naturalized citizens as a major victory.

"For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family", Winfrey said on Thursday, according to HuffPo. They say that county officials run elections. "He is the clear choice for a stronger, safer and a more prosperous future". As he blasted Trump's decision to send troops to the Southern border, Obama failed to note that he and President George W. Bush also dispatched military personnel to the border, even if not immediately prior to an election.

In a recent campaign statement, Kemp also said that minority participation is up and turnout records have been exceeded during his tenure as secretary of state. The state requires identification information on voter registration applications to precisely match information already on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.

But Ross' order said that process wasn't working because some citizens have been turned away from the polls.

"It's like a domino effect", said Sara Henderson, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, about the voting issues in Georgia.

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