Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is hosting Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday at an event to attract more Latino voters, while gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-GA) will be hosting a virtual event Thursday with talk show queen and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey also headlined two rallies for Abrams in Marietta, Georgia, and Decatur, Georgia, during the 2018 election cycle, in which Abrams narrowly lost to incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA).
“I want to tell you … no one paid for me to come here,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd in Marietta.
Abrams has leaned on other entertainment industry friends, including Will Farrell and Common. Ferrell endorsed the Democratic candidate, while Common, a rapper and actor, joined canvassers who knocked on doors in Atlanta to campaign for Abrams.
Warnock’s event with Miranda, part of a series called “Latinos for Warnock,” comes as a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia News Collaborative poll of likely Hispanic voters shows Warnock trailing his Republican challenger Herschel Walker 41% to 47%.
Even though Georgia Republicans haven’t had too many A-list celebrities by their side, they have pulled in an impressive roster of national political figures to help boost their appeal.
Walker, who has been hit with a wave of negative press over allegations he paid for and encouraged a former girlfriend to have an abortion, lied about his schooling, lied about his ties to law enforcement, and racked up multiple domestic abuse complaints, was joined on the campaign trail by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK).
Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Kemp on the campaign trail.