"This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he can not be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor", said Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. "Who we are is on the ballot", he said.
That didn't stop Kemp's office from posting a notice on Georgia's Secretary of State website, which voters visit to check their registration status or find their polling place. "Because I can assure you if I hadn't done anything and the story came out that something was going on, you'd be going 'Why didn't you act?'" As of Monday afternoon, FiveThirtyEight's gubernatorial forecast showed Abrams and Kemp locked in a tight content, with Kemp holding on to a very small advantage. "I see that same potential in Stacey Abrams".
"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes", said Candice Broce, the office's press secretary.More news: Steelers Week 11 game with Jaguars flexed out of primetime
The racist ploy was in response to Oprah actively campaigning for Abrams in Georgia. "You need to vote for us because we're better".
By Monday morning, Abrams took to the airwaves to push back.
But Abrams would have none of that, declaring Kemp a "bald-faced liar" intent on deflecting attention from security problems with his system.
The Georgia outcome is among the most closely watched of any midterm contest for reasons beyond Abrams' race and gender.More news: Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near DC
Reprising his frantic campaigning during the final days of his 2016 race, Trump was barnstorming the country with rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, returning to the White House well after midnight. "You suddenly open an investigation without giving any sort of details about what happened?" But when he was told on Friday that he had once again failed in his job, instead of fixing the problem he blamed the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Democrats hope enthusiasm for Abrams' campaign will also help them win open seats for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.
Handel's opponent, gun control activist Lucy McBath, has ties to Jacksonville, Florida.
Meanwhile, Republican incumbents on the utility-regulating Public Service Commission are running amid an outcry over spiraling costs for the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion.More news: Tyson Chandler plans to join the Lakers