However, McCain argued tapping "east coast elites" like Winfrey to campaign on Abrams' behalf has the potential to backfire. With just days to go before the election, polls show it's nearly a dead heat between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
"She brings a very personal story to Georgia", Navarro added. "I'm not testing the waters".
Winfrey did not mention Pence who, in appearances same day, charged Abrams with being "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals" and derided Winfrey's presence as well as a recent campaign appearance for Abrams by Will Ferrell.
In a direct call to women, Winfrey said it hasn't even been 100 years since women had the right to vote, and called for women to honor the legacy of those who fought for the right.
"I paid to come here myself, and I approved this message", Winfrey said, explaining that she tracked down Abrams' cellphone number and called her to say she wanted to offer assistance in the final days of the campaign.
"I'm the only candidate with a plan to get that done and to do that without vitriol, without vilifying people", she said. Abrams, a former Democratic leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, has staked out an array of liberal positions during her campaign, but her tenure in the Legislature has drawn measured praise from the Republicans who led the state Capitol.
A robocall apparently from a white supremacist group is injecting racism directly into the race, which has already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. "You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don't vote".
Kemp is trying to extend the Republican domination in Georgia, which hasn't elected a Democrat as governor since 1998. All of those demographics overlap with Winfrey's fan base, and she will hit them all with events in Republican-leaning Cobb County and heavily Democratic DeKalb County, both within miles of downtown Atlanta.
"This is Georgia. And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first". "Where others see a poor man's Aunt Jemima, I see someone white women can be tricked into voting for - especially the fat ones".