“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Stockholm, Sweden (CNN)The Swedish general election is too close to call as two centrist coalitions race to a photo finish, their votes split by a surge in support for a far-right party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement.
View this post on Instagram Tuva Sundh just voted. Her top election issues were the environment and the economy. When I asked her how important immigration was and the rise of the Sweden Democrats she said: “I am concerned because I think that integration is an important issue. But Im not sure about the way of the Sweden Democrats.” She continued, “I think its healthy to have debate. But I do think its become too heated in this election.”
CNNs Atika Shubert and journalist Linnéa Wannefors reported from Stockholm. CNNs Angela Dewan wrote from London and Samantha Beech contributed from Atlanta.