Oprah Winfrey gave a few Georgia residents the surprise of a lifetime on Thursday when she went door to door as part of her ongoing campaign for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams. The megastar, who has been busy visiting local neighborhoods and delivering speeches to spread the message to vote for Abrams, captured one of her house calls in a video posted to Instagram.
You “never know who’s gonna come a knocking,” Winfrey wrote in the caption of the clip, which shows a visibly shocked woman, referred to as Denise, answering the door. In the video, Winfrey asks Denise if she plans to vote for Abrams and whether she has an early voting plan. After getting over her initial surprise, the woman — who manages to stay remarkably composed during the encounter — confirms that she is indeed an Abrams supporter and already plans to vote early.
While it’s definitely not every day that Winfrey knocks at your door, the former talk show host has made it clear that she’s committed to doing whatever it takes to tally up votes for Abrams. In addition to knocking on doors and talking to locals, the famous figure has also been campaigning at town halls.
Earlier on Thursday, the star delivered a passionate speech in support of Abrams in Marietta, Georgia. Abrams “standing strong for the values that matter to me, and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state,” she said.
She also reminded attendees about the importance of casting a ballot. “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 at the event. “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don’t vote.”
Winfrey isn’t the only celebrity who has been seen campaigning for Abrams. Will Ferrell was also spotted knocking on doors and urging residents to vote in support of the candidate in late October. The star backing, particularly from someone as influential as Winfrey, could play a factor in the outcome of the race between Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, which remains incredibly tight. According to CBS, the two candidates remained virtually tied in the polls on Nov. 1, less than a week before Election Day.
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