ATLANTA - The candidates in the race for Georgia’s next governor are getting some help from arguably the biggest heavy hitters each party could provide.
Our latest exclusive poll shows the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp is neck and neck.
Channel 2 Action News confirmed Monday that former President Barack Obama will hold a campaign rally for Abrams on Friday afternoon at Morehouse College.
Then, on Sunday, President Donald Trump will be coming to Georgia to stump for Kemp. Two sources told ABC News that Trump will be in Macon to campaign for Kemp.
The president's campaign website shows the event is scheduled for 4 p.m.
President Trump's campaign website shows he will hold a rally in Macon, Georgia on Sunday at 4 pm pic.twitter.com/A8X1sLeUKr— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 29, 2018
Kemp's spokesman said the campaign is "excited to welcome President Trump to Georgia."
So far, nearly 1 million people have voted across the state in the election.
Both candidates ended up stumping in the same small town in Morgan County on Monday.
Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot was there as Kemp’s campaign buses rolled into Madison.
Joining Kemp onboard were current Gov. Nathan Deal and other Georgia Republican leaders.
Mary Beacham was there to greet them. She lives in Morgan County, but spent 35 years driving a DeKalb County school bus.
She said she doesn’t want to see her state change.
“We really got to have a Republican. We’re really -- because some of the things that are going on are too far out there, we can’t afford all these socialist ideas,” Beacham told Elliot.
After his speech, Kemp joined Deal and spoke with Elliot before boarding his bus to drive to another campaign stop.
Kemp told Elliot that the state doesn’t need change and he wants it to keep going in the same direction.
“We’re doing great in our state. This is a race about direction. We want to keep that going and move it to the next level. Or do we want to try something new that will take us in the wrong direction?” Kemp said.
Two hours before Kemp arrived, Elliot was there as Abrams arrived to an enthusiastic crowd.
Ezata Brown, 83, was among the crowd. She told Elliot that she wants to see things change for the better.
“I’m interested in change and a better future for the young people that must come after me,” Brown said.
After Abrams spoke to the crowd, Elliot talked to her before she, too, drove off to the next campaign event.
“We just had an overflow crowd in Morgan County. We’ve had overflow crowds in multiple places, but more importantly, we’re seeing people showing up who haven’t voted before,” Abrams said.
Early voting ends Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
If you would like to go to the rally with Trump, you will need to register online. People are limited to two tickets per person.
Tickets for Obama's event are free and open to the public. There is a two-ticket limit per person and they can be picked up on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations:
- Albany Campaign Office – 141 W Broad Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
- The Gathering Spot – 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30313
- Zucot Gallery – 100 Centennial Olympic PK DR SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
- Augusta Campaign Office – 601 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901
- Cobb Campaign Office – 591 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA 30060
- Columbus Campaign Office – 1828 Midtown Drive, Columbus, GA 31906
- DeKalb Campaign Office – 4185 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, GA 30035
- Gwinnett Campaign Office – 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 243, Duluth, GA 30096
- East Point Campaign Office – 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, GA 30344
- Macon Campaign Office – 1343 Georgia Avenue, Macon, GA 31201
- Savannah Campaign Office – 713 E 65th Street, Savannah, GA 31305
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