Georgia Secretary of State launches investigation after alleged failed hacking attempt

Oprah Winfrey makes rare campaign appearance for Stacey Abrams

Georgia Secretary of State spokeswoman Candice Broce declined to comment on the probe, but confirmed that the state Democratic Party was under investigation for "possible cyber crimes".

Abrams herself called the investigation "desperate" and characterized it as politically motivated in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning.

"I'm not here because I'm making some grandstand, because I'm thinking of running myself", she said.

The office of Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp - the Republican candidate for governor - has announced it is investigating a "failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system".

Abrams, who is going up against Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, laid out her platform in a race that has drawn national attention as she hopes to become the first black female governor in US history.

Noting that he heard Winfrey was in the Peach State, Pence said, "I got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: this ain't Hollywood".

"I have earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself". If elected, Abrams will be the first African-American female governor in the United States. I'm not trying to test any waters - don't want to go in those waters. "Come on, Oprah! It's dehumanizing, it's completely baseless, it's totally cruel and again I say, you're much better than that and you're much bigger than that".

"This is yet another example of abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State", she wrote in a statement obtained by Law&Crime.

The Georgia gubernatorial race had already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression.

"I'm the only candidate with a plan to get that done and to do that without vitriol, without vilifying people", she added.

In Georgia, Abrams' Republican rival Brian Kemp called the calls "vile" and "contrary to the highest ideals of our state and country". "But this is the South, people have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

Civil rights groups sued Kemp in October over 50,000 voting registration applications that were placed on hold due to Georgia's "exact-match" law which requires personal information on voter applications to match state databases.

On Saturday, it was reported that racist robocalls bankrolled by white supremacists were targeting Abrams and Winfrey.

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