#ELECTION2018: Racist robocall targets Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey in Georgia governor's race


The bruising race for governor of Georgia has been roiled by unsupported, 11th-hour allegations from the Republican candidate, who is also the state's chief election official, that Democrats sought to hack the voter registration system.

Stacey Abrams has been running for governor of Georgia against Brian Kemp, who is also the secretary of state of Georgia, which means he oversees elections.

The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp's office announced it had "opened an investigation" into the party on Saturday evening after what it described - without evidence - as "a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system".

The blatantly racist robocall claims, "This is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, governor of Georgia".

"I've never seen a time where the state of Georgia had more at stake than we do in this contest", Kemp told supporters at one of his final campaign stops before Election Day polls open.

Channel 3's Caitlyn Chastain is in Atlanta tonight at an Abrams watch party to bring you full coverage from Georgia. As voters visited the website to find their voting locations, they were greeted with the headline, "AFTER FAILED HACKING ATTEMPT, SOS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY". "I see that same potential in Stacey Abrams".

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She added that it was "pathetic" that Kemp "has only now suddenly chose to find a conscience as polls are tightening and Georgia voters are making it clear that they reject the kind of hate he and his allies have been spewing around the state".

There are seats and positions up for election all over the United States, but for VSU students, the race that everyone has their eyes on is the Georgia's gubernatorial race of a lifetime.

Voters like Marquis Wallace says Kemp is exactly who Georgia needs as a leader.

David Cross, however, an attorney who has been involved in cybersecurity-related litigation against the Georgia Secretary of State's office, said he was also alerted to the potential vulnerabilities by the same individual who contacted the Georgia Democratic Party.

Capehart insisted Republicans were fixated on voter suppression to prevent a majority of voters from duly electing Abrams, who has been polling close with Kemp. Since there's no way this matter will be settled or even explored before votes are cast on Tuesday, it's an easy partisan attack that could help energize conservative voters. She wants citizens to vote for her because her campaign is simply "better". And we know what to do about that: "Vote". Kemp's first ad introducing himself to Georgia voters featured a gun, a chainsaw, an explosion and Kemp's pickup - "just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take 'em home myself. Yep".

Voter suppression allegations became an issue in the campaign partly because of a state law requiring an exact match of voters' names on ID cards and rolls, down to hyphens.