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Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey, in the first of several campaign stops to boost Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday, knocked down rumors of a potential run for office and told the cheering crowd they are poised “on the precipice of a historic election.”

“I want to tell you…no one paid for me to come here. No one asked me to come here,” Winfrey said at a rally in Marietta, adding that she is both an independent woman, and a registered political independent. “I came for myself and I approve this message.”

Winfrey, who took the stage to booming applause, said she wanted to come to Georgia to support Abrams because she saw how Abrams is “handling herself” amid an onslaught of “haters.”

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