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hello again. thanks so much for joining me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington, d.c. the countdown is on. both president trump and former president barack obama are giving dueling messages in a final push before the midterms. president trump is headlining rallies in tennessee and georgia, where he just touched down in macon a few moments ago. former president obama wrapping up in indiana to finish up in his hometown of chicago a bit later. so this as an investigation now is launched in the bitter georgia battle for governor, a red state which could turn blue. the office of secretary of state, brian kemp, who's also the republican nominee for governor, is accusing the
democratic party of hacking into the voting system there in an attempt to expose its vulnerabilities. we're still waiting for details and evidence supporting this 11th hour allegation. all right. lots to get to today. cnn correspondents are following candidates and their big-name backers on the trail in pennsylvania, illinois, and georgia. let's begin with kaylee hartung and this hacking investigation in georgia. she's in augusta. >> reporter: yeah, fred, this morning the secretary of state's office announcing they would be opening this investigation into georgia's democratic party after what they described as a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system. but they're not giving any evidence as to why they believe the georgia democratic party is involved in this probe, and the secretary of state's office spokeswoman says they can't comment on any ongoing investigation. that being said, brian kemp's
gubernatorial campaign are being much more direct in saying the democrats tried to expose vulnerabilities in georgia's voter registration system. democrats are strongly denying these claims, calling them scurrilous, saying they're 100% false. the executive director of the state's party saying we did not create, discover, ror try to tae advantage of the system. stacey abrams shared her reaction with jake tapper. >> i've heard nothing about it, and my reaction would be that this is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties. he is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures, from his refusal to honor his commitments, and from the fact he's part of a nationwide system of voter suppression that will not work
in this election. because we're going to outwork him. we're going to outvote him. and we're going to win. >> reporter: both republicans and democrats playing the pr game, trying to motivate their incredibly polarized bases, as they have throughout this campaign. this news today coming as we're also learning of claims from the coalition for good governance, an organization that's already involved in litigation of brian kemp, as they say the online voter registration database he used to update the electronic polling rolls, that system has been vulnerable to manipulation. the secretary of state's office saying, fred, that the system is secure and that no personal data has been breached. >> all right. kaylee, thanks so much. share when you learn more about this investigation. meantime in macon, georgia, the president has just arrived, taking to the podium there. cnn's sarah westwood is also there. sarah, there we see the president. what's the likely message as the president is also being joined
by the vice president, right? and the republican candidate for governor. >> reporter: that's right. they're both here today, fred, to campaign on behalf of georgia's secretary of state, brian kemp. he's the republican candidate in one of the tightest gubernatorial contests in the country right now. just a couple points separating them in the polls. stacey abrams obviously aiming to be the first black woman governor of any state. she's aiming to make history, attracting democratic starpower to this state in recent days. former president barack obama, oprah winfrey, they've been here. president trump is hoping to keep brian kemp above 50% on tuesday because if neither candidate gets 50% or more of the vote, it'll go to a runoff. so the president here trying to boost brian kemp as he heads into election day touting his message of immigration. >> all right. sarah westwood, thank you so much. clearly a big crowd there. signal is a little choppy, so it's not your television set at
home. we'll continue to monitor the comments coming from the president as he campaigns for the republican gubernatorial candidate brian kemp. the vice president also there. meantime, moments ago former president obama spoke at a rally for indiana democratic senator joe donnelly. donnelly is a moderate who at times has supported president trump. he's in a tight race to hold on to his indiana senate seat. a recent poll shows donnelly with a narrow three-point lead over his republican challenger mike braun. for more, let's go to cnn's ryan young. ryan, what will be the closing message from the former president? >> reporter: well, you know, that race is definitely a dog fight. we're here in chicago, waiting for the president. you can see and feel the energy that his presence is starting to bring to this area. we know here there's been a zbo governor's race that's going to be one of the most expensive in the history of the country, where two billionaires are facing off, trying to control the state. over $220 million has been spent on this campaign. of course, obama is on the
campaign trail talking to indiana voters about how the word "divide" has become a common speech in terms of using politicians to show ads that could divide people. we've even talked to people in this crowd who say they want to see more unity in politics. they don't want to see this division. in fact, listen to the former president talking about how he wants to see politics get more civil. >> and in the closing weeks of this election, we've seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric, to try to turn us on one another. it's an old playbook where the powerful and the privileged say whatever it takes to protect their power and their privilege. even if it hurts the country, even when it puts people at risk. the good news is, indiana, when you vote, you can reject that kind of politics. >> reporter: i had one woman
actually grab me earlier. she wanted to hear the conversation from all of us, including the media, including of what's going to happen. that's why she was happy to see the president back out there, the ex-president back out there, talking about what's going on with politics. they've already mentioned that up here, the fact they're happy to see the former president speak to them about changes possibly coming to america. the governor actually went to a trump event last week and didn't get on the stage with the president. so you can see there's some division within that party. but the big conversation is what's going to happen next. one last thing, there will be a concert here. over 5,000 people will have a lot of energy when the president hits the stage. >> right. bottom line, the former president will really challenging voters more so than challenging the candidates across the country. thanks so much, ryan young. appreciate it. now let's go to pennsylvania, where former vice president joe biden is headlining two events
with democratic senator baob casey. so what are the expectations there? >> reporter: well, fred, former vice president joe biden is going to be closing out his campaign blitz here in pennsylvania. he's speaking in a short while at harrisburg and later here tonight in yatesville. you already see folks lining up for that event. over and over, the former vice president has painted this campaign as a battle for the soul of america. and he stressed the need for political leaders to restore a sense of decency, as well as moral integrity, to american politics. yesterday in ohio, he told voters they're going to have the chance to reset the moral compass of this nation come tuesday. now, former vice president joe biden has really been maintaining a breakneck pace over the past week, almost presidential campaign level speed with which he's campaigning. this is going to be his 12th
rally of the week. we've seen him in eight states, including ohio, wisconsin, even iowa, sparking a little bit of speculation about what he's going to be doing in 2020. now, for the most part, the former vice president has really been trying to keep the focus this campaign on the candidates in the house and senate races, as well as governorships that democrats see they could potentially pick up come tuesday. but come wednesday, there's going to be a lot of attention turning to his presidential ambitions and whether he's going to be running for 2020. for now in that home stretch, he really wants to keep the focus on democrats in these final days. fred? >> all right. thank you so much. still to come, the year of the woman. a historic number of women will appear on general ballots in congressional and senate races. the impact could be quite sizable in today's politics. this as we have dueling presidents on the campaign trail. we're back in a moment. ♪ at last,
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all right. welcome back. we've been talking about stacey abrams and her historic run for governor of georgia. she's just one of a record number of women on the ballot during this midterm election. this graphic from "the washington post" gives you a pretty good idea of how many women we're talking about. 235 nominations for the house, 22 women for the senate, and 16 are on the governor's tickets, according to the center for american women and politics. so could 2018 indeed be the year of the woman in american politics? again, joining me right now to discuss, former democratic governor of michigan, jennifer granholm, and republican strategist and former communications director for senator ted cruz, alice steward. great to see all of you.
this could potentially be another historic year. it was 1992, jennifer, when the year of the woman -- >> the first one. >> right, the first one following the clarence thomas confirmation hearings. what has provoked this kind of excitement and engagement among women? >> i think donald trump is the greatest recruiter for democrats in particular, maybe for women overall. i think women are angry about a number of things. they're mad that this president has been so utterly divisive and has used rhetoric that is calling people names. you wouldn't tell your children to behave like him, so they're mad about that. they're mad about the notion that he preys on fear and not on hope, as president obama said in the rally that you played recently. they're mad about him taking health care away or republicans in general doing that. they're mad about guns. they're mad about safety. so women are like, enough of this. we're going to take it back.
there's only -- we only have 20% of women in the house and senate. when i say we, i'm talking about women overall, democrats and republicans. there's only 20%. we should have 50%. >> also, if 1992 was inspired by u.s. supreme court confirmation, this year there was inspiration coming from confirmation hearings involving brett kavanaugh. if that was so polarizing for so many, why is it that the president would use this, you know, to encourage people to get to the ballots, to vote republican? >> he used the supreme court confirmation process because that's what got him elected. there's a lot of people like myself. that was the number one issue for me being able to vote for donald trump. >> the brett kavanaugh confirmation hearing was incredibly polarizing. now for kavanaugh to be used as a political tool. >> on both sides, there are a lot of republicans that say they were frustrated with the fact they saw that democrats overplayed their hand on that and pushed back too hard on that issue and really undermined the
presumption of innocence. on the other side, there are democrats who say they're mad as heck and not going to take it anymore. this started when the president was sworn in. we had the women's march. let's be clear, that was not a women's march. that was an anti-trump march. i represent women's groups that were not allowed to participate because they were conservative. that was an anti-trump march. he hat gotten them galvanized. he has gotten women involved. it's good to see women no longer looking at politics as a spectator sport. they're running for office. they are donating money. they are organizing. they are activating. many of them running for office and i think that's good. >> and it's not just running for office. 256 women, you know, house and senate races, 16 women running for governor. women voters are powerful too. we saw that in the alabama doug jones victory senate race over roy moore. women coming out in big numbers -- >> particularly black women in the alabama race. >> yes, black women were very
pivotal. if women are not inspired to run, women are also inspired to get to the ballot boxes. >> absolutely, because i think -- i'm a conservative who's not a trump supporter. if you want to look at the upside to what's going on with trump, it's the level of engagement. i can't tell you how many women have stopped me on the street or send me messages on social media and say, i've never been involved before and i'm involved now. i can no longer sit back and watch what's going on in our country and not do anything. that's important. women have been, especially in the black community, running the household and getting things done. this time, i think more so than ever with the me too movement, with the way in which donald trump has just been so utterly misogynistic in the way he approaches women, women's issues, and that so many republicans have actually enabled him in those things, i think women have had enough.
i don't blame them for it. i'm glad to see so many women. another aspect of this that's fascinating, we always talk about candidate recruitment. this is not only necessarily about the numbers but the quality of the candidates. this time around we've seen a lot of women veterans running, which i think is an important dynamic because women are oftentimes seen as not strong enough or they're soft on national security, but you have some women like mcgrath in kentucky, another one in texas, her name escapes me, but women from new jersey to texas to arizona that are combat veterans, saying, no, we're also tough on security. but they're democrats. >> can i say quickly, just to ratify what you're suggesting, in the numbers we've seen so far in the early votes, women have outperformed men by significant percentages. georgia is a great example. i'm sure a lot of that is african-american women in support of stacey abrams, but it's women across the board. in tennessee, women outperforming men by eight
points, which is really interesting. you have a race there with a woman republican against phil bredesen. the question is what does that mean for a state like that. in arizona, six points. in florida, nine points. women are surging in the early vote so far. we'll see if that continues on election day. i'm telling you, women are mad as -- >> heck. >> and women traditionally vote at a higher percentage than men anyway. >> and speaking of georgia, with stacey abrams, brian kemp, does this only exemplify how contentious it is? now you have brian kemp's office for the second timed in the mis midst of trying to challenge the validity, the eligibility of the voters, now with this investigation. is that a sign of desperation? >> no, that's a sign of him also being the secretary of state, making sure that we have elections that are -- >> are you okay with that?
>> i think with brian kemp being secretary of state and in a position to manipulate the voting rolls however he so chooses and running as a candidate, that shouldn't be allowed. this is a little suspicious, don't you think? >> in all honesty, having been deputy secretary of state in arkansas, our number one priority was the integrity of the elections. that included the integrity of the voter rolls. >> but when a candidate is involved in policing the integrity, that doesn't send suspicion? >> he's been able to separate himself. he has a full staff of people that are truly overseeing this election process. that was clear from the very beginning. but the most important thing he can do as secretary of state and his office can do, there's many levels under him that oversee that, is to make sure the integrity of the voter rolls are intact and we have free and fair elections. >> wouldn't it send a message if he just recused himself? >> at this stage, we would
probably have a lot less concerns about it if he had stepped down or taken himself out. at this stage of the game, what has happened with regard to the voter list and the votedr rolls i think everything has gone in the proper -- >> oh, i would not say that. >> he's disproportionately affected minority voters. the whole thing smells. whether it's legitimate or not -- but you know, purging people from the rolls because they don't have a hyphen in their names, things like that, i get it. the court should step in. >> the message may not be out to particularly those among the 50,000 who were told there may not be an exact match. they may be reticent. they may not believe. isn't that what voter intimidation is all about? >> it's still too raw. for republicans, this -- i just think it was not a good look to keep brian kemp in that
position. in some states you have to step down from certain positions if you're going to run for another one. i think that's something the legislature should look at. you should not be allowed to be the fox in the hen house. >> and perhaps more than just not a good look is something that happened last night on "snl." "saturday night live" getting a lot of backlash now, particularly because of a skit, a cast member, pete davidson mocking dawn crenshaw, a candidate in texas. he's also a former navy s.e.a.l. who lost his eye after an ied exploded in afghanistan. take a listen. >> this guy is kind of cool. dan crenshaw. >> oh, come on, man. >> hold on. >> you may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. i'm sorry. i know he lost his eye in war or whatever. >> okay.
so he actually did know about that part. >> it's disgusting. it's not a surprise to hear this guy is a republican, and "saturday night live" is trashing him. more of the same, this entertainment industry going after republicans. it's just insulting. >> 100% tasteless. this is exactly what republicans have complained about. liberal hollywood gives fuel to that fire. that candidate should get an apology. i'm sorry. oh, he lost his eye in war or whatever. my best friend's husband was special forces and almost died in a mission in afghanistan. he's blind now in both eyes. he's a hero. that is so disgusting and despicable to all of the wounded warriors in this country who have lost limbs, eyes, their lives. for a comedian on "saturday night live," to just poo-poo that for a joke, there's a certain line. you can't complain about donald trump and his indecency and think that's not indecent. >> crenshaw himself responded
saying he's hoping "snl" recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punch lines for bad jokes. amen to that. >> what can you say? you should stay away from mocking in any way veterans. that's just a bottom line. >> period, exclamation point. >> thank you so much, ladies. 48 hours to go. you ready? >> and counting. >> i'm so ready. >> all right, ladies. thank you so much. appreciate it. meantime, republicans, well, they're not holding back when it comes to their midterm messaging. how the strategy could impact voters, especially in pittsburgh, where the community is still reeling from a tragic hate crime one week ago.
we're now learning the man charged with writing an anti-semitic messages inside a synagogue once worked to fight hate crimes. he's facing four hate crime charges, including arson, for allegedly setting a fire at a jewish study school just miles from the synagogue. he reportedly worked on anti-hate crime initiatives about a decade ago as an intern. his life included years in and out of the foster care system and was profiled in a "new york times" piece last year. polo sandoval is live for us at the union temple in brooklyn this afternoon. what else are we learning?
>> reporter: fred, the nypd posted outside of this temple for much of the day here. police saying they suspect james polite was not only responsible for the vandalism here but also at at least six other locations here in the area. exactly who this person is, you can dig up an article from 2017 in the "new york times," essentially a profile on james polite. it tells a very different -- or at least paints a different picture of the 26-year-old man, somebody who had struggled with not only homelessness but also various issues, had eventually secured an internship with a high-ranking city official in the city of new york. that official that you mentioned there now speaking out, obviously saying it's unacceptable. when you look at this profile piece by "the new york times," you're able to read that this individual attended brandeis
university, had been ordered to take a leave of absence because he was smoking marijuana to relieve stress. during that rehabilitation period, it was discovered he suffered from bipolar disorder. again, all of this written by "the new york times." we understand this individual is still in custody. in fact, he was arrested not far from this location after police were investigating an arson. investigators believe he likely is behind that as well. all of these various charges are all being treated as hate crimes tonight. >> all right. polo sandoval, thank you so much. meantime, the city of pittsburgh is rallying around its jewish community in the wake of its own hate crime. today steelers quarterback ben roethlisberger honored the victims of last weekend's deadly synagogue shooting by wearing these special cleats with the words "stronger than hate." the heated and divisive rhetoric of this campaign season is a
concern for so many people, including people in the area where that attack in pittsburgh happened. that's also where a hotly contested congressional race is playing out. the latest poll from monmouth university shows republican congressman keith rothfus trailing democrat conor lamb by 12 points. congressman rothfus joining me now from pittsburgh. good to see you. >> good afternoon. >> just a week ago, the worst anti-semitic attack on american jewish people happened in your community. the caustic language preceding that shooting. how will you help promote civility? >> this has been a traumatic week for the city. the rabbi has done a tremendous job in showing leadership himself. as he said, i think yesterday, about being a victim, being a pastor, being a witness, he has a compelling testimony.
i was able to participate in the show up for shabbat yet. it was an incredible privilege to do so. after this heinous attack happened last saturday, i went home and like all of us, you know, we're struggling with this in our own individual way. i talked to the folks who do my ads and said, look, we need something that's transcendent. we need something that speaks of lincoln, speaks of the founding, speaks of the god-given dignity and value of every human life because that kind of sums up what i talk about all the time, about getting people back in the game and a fair playing field. they came up with some ideas, and we launched an ad last tuesday. it's really a message of hope, and i hope a message of happyea for people. we've gotten very good response to it. >> is that the same ad that, you know, you apparently target your competitor conor lamb?
there's been a response they thought it was largely negative, and you're saying it's largely positive? >> no, no, no. you have to take a look at the ad called "indivisible." it's about everything we want this country to be. there have been divided times in our history before. 1968 was a very divided time in our country, and so were the 1850s. abraham lincoln talked about the need to look at what's in our declaration of independence. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all are created equal. that's the fabric of our country. that's what we need to be talking about. >> so then how do you combat the style and approach that you've taken by way of your most recent ad and even your language now, which is promoting civility? how do you combat, you know, words from the president, who you are a supporter of? when the president uses words like invaders talking about
migrants making their way to the southern border and then the president has also praised a montana congressman for body slamming a reporter. how do you square the difference? how do you take the approach of civility, advocacy, of peace and ha harmony, and at the same time be an ardent supporter of the president who uses those tactics to persuade or stir his base? >> look, anybody who knows me, knows the language i use. the language i've used throughout my career, both in public life and in private life. my opponent's first ad talked about knock him out. look, i don't use that kind of rhetoric. i know others do. we should be having discussions about what's going on around the world. we should be having a discussion about the caravan in mexico. we should have a discussion about the need to secure our borders. i'm in western pennsylvania. we have a horrific opioid
crisis. we really don't get to talk a lot about the 90% of the heroin that's coming into our country courtesy of the evil cartels in mexico. this is an issue that i've raised a number of times in hearings about what's been happening south of the border. 150,000 dead over the last ten years. these cartels kill with impunity. the cartels control what's going on at the border and traffic humans and drugs into this country. we have a need to secure that border. countries have a right to secure the border. that's the kind of conversation we should be having. people can use different types of rhetoric. i know i've always been very deliberate with the language i use. i'm looking for solutions. we had a bill up a couple months ago that would have provided a good solution, would have provided a legal status for daca kids, would have ended family separations, but would have secured the border. those are the kinds of things we should be talking about. also, frankly, talk about the best economy we've had in 20 years that's lifting everybody. i talk about the need to get everybody back in the game. people need to talk about the
opportunity program that senator scott put into the tax bill. that's going to provide a lot of opportunity for communities that have been bypassed for decades. it's unfortunate we see the rhetoric that's repeated in the media, the social media. people get into their own little ecochambers and it reinforces what they're hearing from other sources. we need to have more deep and meaningful conversations. i think rabbi myers has done a wonderful job. >> are you in agreement -- even the rabbi said, it begins with leaders. do you agree that sending the right message, it starts at the top? >> again, i'm responsible for the words i use. i'm always willing to engage in conversation. that's one of the reasons i wanted to put this ad out there. i want that ad to be a conversation piece. i want people to be focusing on what unites us, not what divides us. just like lincoln did, look at what's in that declaration. look at what makes america
exceptional. we have the best economy in 20 years, but we also need to be talking about some of those broader aspects that cause us to raise our gaze. >> all right. congressman keith rothfus, we'll leave it there for now. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and we're back in a moment. . that last place was pretty nice. i don't like this whole thing. i think we can do better. change is hard. try to keep an open mind. come on, dad. this is for me, son? principal. we can help you plan for that.
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control of the house, a clear democratic advantage. a majority clearly within the democrats' reach. let's look at the race rankings. 207 we at cnn rank as solid, likely, or lean democrat. 218 it takes to get the majority. republicans in a weaker position here. what jumps out at the map, see the yellow? 31 toss-up races in our cnn rankings. of those 31, 30 currently held by republicans. so the republicans on their heels playing defense, democrats in this basket of opportunity. the toss-up districts more than enough to get to the majority, 218 in the house. how do the democrats think they can do it? start in the northeast and new york. new york and new england states up here, the democrats think they can get at least a third, if not more, of the 23 net pickup seats they need just in this region alone. then you move down here to pennsylvania, the mid-atlantic, including virginia. they think four, five, possibly more just out of pennsylvania because they've redrawn the house district lines there. virginia will be a fascinating
test on election night. are the democrats reaching their goals? did they just get this one? flip that one seat in the northern virginia suburbs, or can they get a second or third by flipping more republican but toss-up seats heading into the campaign? so watch that. another big region of opportunity the democrats see is the midwest. you see a lot of toss-up districts here. we've already flipped some toward the democrats in our likely rankings. what makes these yellow districts -- what do they have in common? most of them touch the suburbs. that's why the democrats are optimistic when it comes to the house. let's take a closer look at the numbers. northeast and midwest, look how dismal the president's numbers are. this is an npr/marist poll. a lot of targets of opportunity here for the democrats. midwest, numbers aren't so bad. but the president is still under water. so republicans think between those regions, they can pick up the seats. one more factor in that, a lot of those districts touched suburbs. six in ten americans who live in suburbs disapprove of the
president's job performance. so while the republicans in stronger standing in rural areas, there are a lot of competitive districts for the democrats that touch the suburbs. here, here, and even as you continue to the west. more than enough on this map in the final hours, democrats believe, the house majority is within their reach. we'll count the votes on tuesday. >> all right. john king, thank you so much for that look. still ahead, the florida governor's race is razor close as millions turn out to vote early. coming up, how millennials could be key in this contest. ♪ when the moon hits your eye ♪ ♪ like a big pizza pie, ♪ that's amore. ♪ when the world seems... ♪ applebee's new neighborhood pastas. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood.
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state of florida, the governor's race is getting a lot of attention. andrew gillum, the democratic mayor of tallahassee, is trying to flip the state and beat former republican congressman ron desantis. the latest cnn poll shows a dead heat between the two. cnn's rosa flores is in miami beach outside an early voting location. what's the activity been like? >> reporter: slow and steady, fred. if you take a look at the line that's behind me here at miami beach city hall, it's been slow and steady for the past few hours. go ahead and take a look. here in miami-dade, about 33,000 people voted just yesterday, but take a look at the numbers for the entire state of florida. when we talk about razor thin margins in florida and that that's how elections are won here, this is what we're talking about. in total, 4.8 million people have voted, but take a look at the nail-biting breakdown. 1.9 million republicans, 1.9
million democrats, and 920,000 with no party affiliation or other. there's this misconception around the country that most of florida voters are seniors, but hear this. 52% of registered voters in the sunshine state are either millennials, gen xers, or g gen zers. they're disenchanted about the two-party system. they're very worried about the environment, worried about jobs, worried about health care. so for a lot of young voters out there, if you're watching your television, you actually have more power than you might think. the big question, of course, fred, is will they actually go out and vote? that's the big question. >> that is the big question. they're really not watching us on tv, are they? they're watching us on their phones and their computers. all right, rosa flores.
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watched georgia governor's race. tonight, the republican candidate, who's also the secretary of state, is accusing democrats of trying to hack the state's voter registration system. and breaking their silence, for the first time the sons of murdered journalist jamal khashoggi talk about their father's brutal killing. it's a cnn exclusive. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. we begin with breaking news. the last-minute surprise in the closely watched georgia governor's race. the republican candidate brian kemp, who's also georgia's secretary of state, says there was, quote, a failed attempt to hack the state's voter