It’s been stiff competition between Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her Republican opponent Brian Kemp. As both candidates make their closing arguments to voters, things have only intensified.

Since her endorsement from Oprah last week, things have gotten ugly.

In the days following Abrams' recent endorsement from Oprah, racist pro-Kemp robocalls have blanketed the state. A militia threatened Abrams, and Kemp's office has launched an investigation into the Georgia Democratic Party after hacking allegations surfaced.

According to Atlanta Black Star, Abrams is now being attacked from the right after a photo of armed members of the New Black Panther party carrying her sign surfaced on Facebook.


The Black Panthers worked to head off any criticism aimed at Abrams by writing explicitly that their group is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Democratic candidate. "We did not plan this event with either campaign," the photoset's caption reads. "[We are] rallying against voter suppression.”

Kemp's campaign tweeted a photo of the group and wrote, "Abrams and the Black Panthers are TOO EXTREME for GA!"

“Stacey Abrams should immediately denounce the Black Panthers and their hateful record of racism,” a spokesperson for Kemp said in a statement to CBS46. “She should stand against and condemn their attempts to intimidate hardworking Georgia voters just days before the election.”

“It’s no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams,” the Kemp spokesperson added. “The Black Panthers are a radical hate group with a racist and anti-Semitic agenda. They’re dangerous and encourage violence against our men and women in uniform.”

A spokesperson for Abrams suggested it is Kemp who has a problem with hate groups, noting Abrams did not pose with the Panthers while claiming Kemp “posed for pictures with supporters wearing racist, hate-filled shirts and refused to denounce them.”

According to a Georgian interviewed by the Cut, Kemp has appeared in ads wielding weapons. He has also said in an ad he owns a pick-up truck should he come across some "illegals" that need deporting. 


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