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Former President Obama is in Georgia Friday evening to rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Brian Kemp, capping off a day of campaign events for Democrats. Mr. Obama emphasized this election could be the “most important of our lifetime” while also highlighting Abrams.

“Im hear for one simple reason: To ask you to vote,” Mr. Obama said. “The consequences of any of us staying home are profound because America is at a crossroads … The character of our country is on the ballot.”

Bianca Savola, an election clerk at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, inspects a mail-in ballot last week before Tuesday's primary.Rich Pedroncelli / APJune 4, 2018 / 9:28 PM GMT / Updated June 4, 2018 / 9:28 PM GMTBy Suzanne GamboaGil Cisneros is an education philanthropist who gave millions in lottery winnings to George Washington University to get more young Latinos in college and public service. Sam Jammal is a G.W. Law School graduate who worked for Latino civil rights, as a congressional staffer and in the Obama administration.

In an earlier rally on Friday, Mr. Obama had said he doesnt understand why Mr. Trump and his supporters are “so angry all the time.” At the Atlanta rally, Mr. Obama accused Republicans of using “constant, incessant, non-stop attempts to divide us. Rhetoric that is designed to make us angry — to make us fearful.”

— Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is considered to be in a battle for the No. 2 spot in the race to replace term-limited Gov. Jerry Brown. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is believed to be the front-runner and polls show John Cox in strong contention for second. Villaraigosa needs a strong Latino turnout to stay competitive. Hed be Californias first Latino governor in modern-day history if he won in November.

Mr. Obama criticized Republicans — and especially Mr. Trump — for the “scare tactics” in the election.

“Now in the year 2018, they are telling you the biggest threat to America are some impoverished refugees thousands of miles away,” Mr. Obama said. “Thats not enough to lie about it — they are sending our brave troops … they are sending them down there for a political stunt when they could be with their families.” 

Gil Cisneros, an education philanthropist who has donated millions to get more young Latinos into college and public service, is running for Congress as a Democrat in California's primary on Tuesday.Photo courtesy: Gil CisnerosBut this is a conservative area where a good number of Latino voters have roots reaching back generations.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Obama traveled to Florida to rally for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, two days after President Trump visited the state to stump for their Republican opponents. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Obama is engaged in a final campaign swing before the midterm elections. He is campaigning against Mr. Trumps agenda and Republican candidates less than two years after he left office, a departure from a historical norm in which former presidents tend to avoid openly criticizing their successors.

Vargas added that hed never discourage a candidate wanting to run for office. Its great for voters to have choices and for candidates to hustle and walk the street and knock on doors and talk to voters, he said. Thats what Latino voters want. They want to be engaged and they dont want to be taken for granted.

Abrams campaign has attracted support from prominent celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, who has canvassed and rallied with the candidate. Actor Michael B. Jordan has knocked on doors in Atlanta urging black voters to turn out and actor and comedian Will Ferrell has also canvassed for Abrams campaign.

Abrams has been largely focused on turning out communities which dont usually turn out in high numbers during midterm elections, such as black voters and young people. If elected, Abrams would be the first black woman elected governor in the country. Mr. Obama is rallying with Abrams at Morehouse College, a widely respected historically black college.

The Georgia gubernatorial race has been roiled by claims of voter suppression. As Georgia secretary of state, Kemp oversees election infrastructure, which Democrats say presents a conflict of interest. Kemps office has suspended processing 53,000 voter registrations, 70 percent of which are for black Georgians. He did so under the auspices of a 2017 state law passed under his urging, which requires an “exact match” between a voter registration form and government documents. If a persons voter registration form differs from government documents — even by a hyphen or a misspelling — their registration form is considered suspect.

While Abrams has claimed Kemp is deliberately trying to suppress the votes of black Georgians, who typically vote Democratic, Kemp argues the issues with registration forms are due to shoddy work by liberal groups such as the Abrams-founded New Georgia Project, which works to register minority voters. However, the 53,000 voters with pending applications can still vote on election day, if they present photo identification at the polls.

It would be nice if there werent so many people running, but thats not something I can control or worry about, Cisneros told NBC News. With so many, its important to get out there in the community and tell them our story. Thats where we (the Cisneros campaign) put our focus and its paying off.

On Sunday, President Trump is rallying for Kemp. Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Kemp on Thursday, and criticized the star power Abrams campaign has attracted.

They are hoping to finish in the top two, because all candidates in California run in a single primary, with the top two finishers moving on to the November election, regardless of party. But there are fears that with so many Democrats running the vote will split, opening the way for two Republicans to take both spots.

“I heard Oprahs in town today,” Pence said. “Im kind of a big deal too and Ive got a message, Ive got a message for all of Stacey Abrams liberal Hollywood friends. This aint Hollywood. This is Georgia.”

(CNN)Campaign signs sprout from the ground here at Northwest Regional Library, an early voting site in Coral Springs, Florida. Standing in front of the polls, two candidates on the ballot are having a conversation.


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