Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

History, Trump and partisan bitterness collide in Georgia governor's race

History, Trump and partisan bitterness collide in Georgia governor's race

"I just want to say: Jesus don't like ugly, and we know what to do about that".

The plaintiffs, registered Georgia voters, have been identified as LaTosha Brown, Jennifer N. Ide, Katharine Wilkinson, Candace Fowler and Chalis Montgomery.

The same poll also shows 52% of Georgia voters approve of President Trump's job performance with 43% disapproving of the Commander-in-Chief.

Both candidates are being backed by big-name celebrities and political heavyweights: Kemp boasts the support of Heisman Trophy victor Herschel Walker, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, while Abrams claims Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama.

In an election year marked by racial hostility, some voters said they saw it at the polls too.

The survey -published by the Trafalgar Group- has GOP candidate Brian Kemp garnering 54% of the vote compared with Stacey Abrams 40%.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to make contact with a woman named Rachel Small, who allegedly spoke with Sarah Ghazal, the Democratic Party of Georgia's Voter Protection Director, about trying to "hack" the state's voting system.

Independent computer scientists told The Associated Press that the flaw would enable anyone with access to an individual voter's personal information to log on to Georgia's MyVoter registration portal and alter or delete any voter's record, potentially causing havoc.

Kemp, who is the Republican candidate for governor on Tuesday's ballot, didn't provide evidence linking the Democratic Party to the hacking attempt.

Finally, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan hit the ground in Georgia, going door-to-door to encourage Georgians to vote for the Democrat. Democrats also have blasted Kemp over 53,000 voter registrations that his office flagged as pending ahead of Tuesday's election. The Anti-Defamation League says the website is responsible for similar tactics in other Georgia election races.

Kemp's team told NBC News that the gubernatorial candidate's card was blank and he had to get another one. A representative for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed the agency had been notified, but it deferred to Georgia officials for details.

The racist ploy was in response to Oprah actively campaigning for Abrams in Georgia. They contend he has been lax on securing voter data and that his office previously improperly disclosed private information on six million Georgians. As Secretary of State, Kemp has backed strict ID requirements.

"Because Defendant Kemp has already demonstrated extreme actual bias in the performance of his official duties, allowing him to determine the winners of Georgia's 2018 general election would violate Plaintiffs' federal constitutional rights to an unbiased decisionmaker, to political association, and to have their votes counted equally and accurately", the plaintiffs charge in a memorandum of law in support of their motion for a temporary restraining order.

Citing a potential conflict of interest, Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter, have unsuccessfully appealed for Kemp to step aside as secretary of state until after the election.

If the voice and the overtly racist tone on the robo-call sound familiar, it's because it's from the same studio that stuffed a "We Negroes" robo-call down the throats of Florida voters, who are deciding whether they want Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to be the state's first black governor.

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