Obama campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Atlanta
ATLANTA - As we get closer to Election Day, candidates on both sides are bringing in the heavy hitters. Friday night, former President Barack Obama came to town to join Stacey Abrams at Morehouse College.
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The crowd of thousands roared with applause when President Obama took the stage.
"Next Tuesday is one of the most important elections in our lives," said Obama.
Obama bashed Republicans on the economy, healthcare, and immigration. He also pumped up the crowd telling them Stacey Abrams can make a difference.
"You know who will fight for you? Stacey Abrams!" said Obama.
The former president wasn't alone. Other high-profile speakers included former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Congressman John Lewis who brought the crowd to their feet as they chanted "Vote! Vote! Vote!"
"Let's go to the polls like you've never voted before!" said Rep. Lewis.
There were plenty of celebs in the crowd too, including Jermaine Dupri, Chris Tucker, and 2 Chainz, along with thousands of Abrams' supporters who waited for hours to see their candidate side by side with the former president.
"The character of our country is in the balance," said President Obama.
Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are locked in a tight race that offers a stark choice in a state accustomed to business-minded, centrist governors. Abrams is running as a liberal and would be the nation's first black female governor. Kemp hails from Republicans' conservative wing and embraces President Trump.
A number of celebrities and politicians have been traveling to Georgia in the final days of Georgia's hotly contested governor's election. On Thursday, media mogul Oprah Winfrey was in Cobb County stumping for Abrams. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence appeared with Kemp at three rallies around the state on Thursday.
On Sunday, President Trump will also be in Georgia campaigning for Kemp.
If no one emerges with more than 50 percent of the vote next week, a runoff will be held in December.
If Abrams wins, she would be the nation’s first black female governor of a state.