The nationally guarded Georgia’s race for the governor is becoming even more attentive.
Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Georgia on Thursday for a trio of events in conservative areas of Brian Kemp. Democrats oppose a visit by Oprah Winfrey, who will appear with Stacey Abrams at a couple of meeting meetings.
A vote shows Abrams and Kemp in a statistical tie and both campaigns want to set their base before Tuesday’s vote. Abrams tries to achieve left-wing voters who often jump over midterms, while Kemp is dependent on rural and ex-regional support that drives Donald Trump’s victory in Georgia.
Winfrey’s “council talk” is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta and at 4:00 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. The events are aimed at two demographic caches Abrams is due to the Tuesday’s vote: subordinate women and black voters.
Winfrey rarely promotes a candidate personally, and the announcement sparked a frenzy of attention. Tickets for the events were claimed almost as soon as they were revealed.
This is Pence’s second trip to Georgia to stamp for Kemp. He rubbed a rally in Macon days before the July sewer, which helped burn Kemp’s descent over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. He had to scrape two previous campaign visits to the state for so many months because of hurricanes.
The Vice President’s first event is set at 1
1:30 in Dalton, followed by one o’clock. 14:30 appearance in Augusta suburb Grovetown and a 5 pm rally in Savannah.
A few even bigger names will run out before the election frenzy: Former President Barack Obama will be appearing at Morehouse College on Friday night, while Trump will head for a rally for Kemp in Macon on Sunday afternoon.
Stay tuned to AJC for live updates of both events. The live coverage of Pence’s event will start around 11 o’clock while Oprah’s event begins closer to noon.
Personal early vote in Georgia ends November 2.