Brian Kemp opens 'cyber crimes' probe into Georgia Democrats

Oprah Winfrey makes rare campaign appearance for Stacey Abrams

"Brian Kemp's scurrilous claims are 100 per cent false, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a campaign operative in Kemp's official office released a statement this morning", Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the state Democratic Party, wrote in a statement to reporters.

"I'm canvassing for Stacey Abrams", Winfrey says to a shocked Georgia resident who opened her front door to find the media mogul on her doorstep holding a clipboard.

Attempting to quiet rumours that she would run for president in 2020, Oprah said: "I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand for myself".

The issue of voter suppression has been central to the governor's race in Georgia where Republican candidate Brian Kemp serves as secretary of state, the office that oversees the voter rolls.

Democrat Stacey Abrams is now running for governor of Georgia, and if elected, she would be the first African-American woman governor ever.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia today to stump for Kemp and President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend. "I paid for myself and I approve this message". Abrams would be the first black female governor in United States history. I'm not trying to test any waters - don't want to go in those waters.

"Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals", Pence said, after drawing boos when he mentioned that "Oprah is in town" and noted that actor Will Ferrell was recently in the state for Democrats.

Democrats, who have accused Kemp of using Georgia's strict voter identification laws to suppress the vote among minorities, said his office had no basis for opening the probe.

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

"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 in Marietta, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb. "I'm not testing the waters".

"Go with God, go with objective, go with your values, upholding everything we believe to be true about Stacey Abrams and why we're all voting for her", Winfrey said.

The Road to Power, a white supremacist and anti-Semitic video podcast hosted by Scott Rhodes of Idaho, is the group behind the robocall. I see that same potential in Stacey Abrams.

Note: Updated with statement from the Democratic Party of Georgia, and the reply from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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