Final debate of Georgia governor's race in doubt

Final debate of Georgia governor's race in doubt

Abrams thanked Winfrey, who she said has "inspired so many".

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.

Winfrey is part of a series of high-profile figures marking the final days of Abrams' tight race with Republican Brian Kemp. Her campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said Abrams already moved forward with other plans.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Abrams campaign revealed that Kemp had backed out of a debate scheduled for November 4, just two days before election day.

Winfrey last fully endorsed and campaigned for a candidate was September 25, 2006 when she endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.

Though sometimes mentioned as a 2020 presidential candidate, Winfrey has demurred on her intentions. She and Kemp held one previous debate during the campaign.

'I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand for myself. I don't want to run.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp talks to voters during a rally in Augusta, Ga., July 23, 2018. "I think there has to be a conversation about how it's accomplished because we have to recognize that this is a national conversation".

Co-host of The View Meghan McCain got into it with Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams over the issue of gun control. "Abrams is ducking Georgia voters because she can't defend her extreme, radical agenda on live television." .

She recalled generations of black Americans who faced "lynching. oppression. suppression, ' and declared that 'their blood has seeped into my DNA" and forced her to the polls.

That could mean that events that energize the base, like a rally with Trump or Obama, could carry more weight than a debate less than 48 hours before Election Day.