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Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'Racist Robocalls' in Georgia

07 November 2018
Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'Racist Robocalls' in Georgia

". There have never been crowds like this - just so you understand - in the history of politics".

A spokesman for Kemp - who is in a neck-and-neck race with Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams - provided no evidence for the accusation made on Sunday, that also came just as reports that the state election system, which as secretary of state Kemp oversees, is open to glaring vulnerabilities.

Abrams would be the first African-American woman to be elected governor in the U.S. But, she said she doesn't want people going to the polls with that in mind.

Polls suggest Kemp and Abrams are locked in a tight race in a contest that has taken on historic significance because Abrams could become the nation's first black female governor.

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. "This is how we would handle any investigation when something like this comes up", said Brian Kemp, Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Governor.

In a flurry of statements sent on Sunday, Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said the "scurrilous claims are 100 percent false" and slammed the move as a "political stunt".

Those tensions exploded in the home stretch after a private citizen raised concerns that the voter database Kemp is responsible for as secretary of state is hackable, meaning a bad actor could potentially alter or delete a voter's information in the files used to check-in voters at polling places. Kemp said the calls were "vile" but on Monday Abrams criticized his response.

Kemp asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sunday to investigate the Democratic Party, accusing it of trying to hack the system he controls as secretary of state. Brian Kemp is desperate to save his failing campaign, and it's likely we'll see even more of his abuses of power as the election nears, but Georgians will keep working hard, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and voting to make sure he doesn't get a promotion.

In 2015, Kemp's office inadvertently released the Social Security numbers and other identifying information of millions of Georgia voters.

Efforts to reach PCC for comment have not been successful. "You suddenly open an investigation without giving any sort of details about what happened?"

A national spotlight is shining on the election in Georgia, where both President Trump and former President Obama visited in recent days to tout support for Kemp and Abrams, respectively.

Democrats have tried to turn the investigation around on Kemp, accusing him of suppressing thousands of minority votes.

Last year, Kemp settled a lawsuit with civil rights organisations over voting rights.

In a blow to Kemp, a federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia must ease its "exact match" demands.