Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey plans to hold a Sept. 8 fundraiser for Democratic hopeful Barack Obama at her palatial estate near Santa Barbara, Calif., according to campaign spokesman Dan Pfeiffer.
Obama already enjoys the support of Hollywood moguls like David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Winfrey's fundraiser is another chance for him to tap into money in California, which was his top donor state from April through June with a total take of $4.2 million.
Winfrey is a well-known fan of Obama, calling him "my favorite guy" and "my choice" on CNN's "Larry King Live" last year before he announced he would run for president.
This is the one celebrity endoresement that actually might inspire votes. Oprah's audience members are predominantly women. Hillary Clinton is trying to attract women voters. If enough of Oprah's devoted fans follow her along and vote for Obama, it could make enough of a difference to swing a race in a competitive state.
Oprah can move alot of book sales, we shall see if it translates to voters too.