Oprah to Stacey: You Get a Campaign Visit!

According to the Washington Post, Oprah Winfrey is coming to campaign in Georgia for Stacey Abrams. If you’re in the Marietta or Decatur area tomorrow, you may have a shot of seeing Lady O. The pair of events will be conversations “on the critical value of women in leadership and what is at stake for our communities in the election,” according to Abrams’ campaign website, which coincidentally, is also where folks can obtain the free tickets to the events.

AsĀ The Jolt points out, these two locations – Cobb and DeKalb Counties – have large numbers of the demographics Abrams is counting on to turnout for her, suburban women and African Americans. The most recent poll (conducted by Opinion Saavy for FOX 5) shows the race in a statistical dead heat, which is in line with other recent polling. As of two days ago, early voting numbers had surpassed 1 million, indicating the turnout is going to be much higher this year than in most statewide election years. It’s no wonder, then, that we’re seeing President Trump and Vice President Pence come in the final days to stump for Brian Kemp, while former President Obama campaigns this weekend for Abrams.

Oprah is a bit of a surprise, however, because she rarely stumps for candidates. In fact, the last time she campaigned for anyone, it was for then-Senator Obama. Can her magic put Abrams over the top? Depends on whether her visit encourages the attendees (and her fans) to the polls.

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chamblee54
chamblee54

Is this going to benefit Stacey Abrams? The election is in Georgia, not Chicago or New York City.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Is Trump going to help Kemp?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Her show was no. 1 in her time slot in all national markets (including Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, Albany and Savannah) before she closed it down. Oprah is a major producer and finical backer of Georgia based films and television programs thru Perry’s studios her work with Marvel, and SCAD. She has pull with most women over the age of 30 with her struggles of weight lost, teaching women to be the boss, and just being generally hopeful, spiritual and uplifting. Her being here will benefit the mainly democratic “pink wave” in general.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ellynn is right.
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Trump won 70% of white women in Georgia back in 2016. Eiger has correctly pointed out that Stacey is going to need big gains in that demographic if she’s to stand any chance (I’ll readily acknowledge I’ve come around on this point). She can’t win it on the back of increased AA/youth turnout alone.
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Oprah helps you with the female vote. She has a popularity that cuts across income level, educational attainment, race, religion, and age. People love her.
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White women in Cobb County about to be like:comment image

Will Durant
Will Durant

Just anecdotal evidence in my little circle of mostly white suburban female friends and acquaintances finds that Trump’s endorsement of Kemp is more influential than Oprah’s of Abrams, but this is far from good news for Kemp…

Indypendant
Indypendant

PInewood Studios much?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The big guns—Oprah, Pence, Trump and Obama— in the state less than a week before the election. The clear bipartisan consensus is that the Georgia Governorship is in play. 538 has Kemp a slim favorite: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/governors-update-new-polls-in-georgia-and-ohio-show-really-tight-races/

chefdavid
chefdavid

Glad to see more of the liberal hollywood types trying to get Abrams elected. I think the more this happens the more the fence sitters go republican.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Who the heck is fence-sitting at this point?
I would think an Oprah endorsement would be more meaningful to someone who hasn’t made up their mind by now.
Trump’s appearance I think is more about getting people motivated enough to make sure they go actually vote.