Georgians were hyped to meet Will Ferrell while he volunteered for Stacey Abrams: 'I shall never recover'

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Will Ferrell was in Georgia last week campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. (Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images)
Will Ferrell was in Georgia last week campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. (Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images)

Will Ferrell took on a new role as a campaign volunteer last week, traveling to Georgia to knock on doors for Stacey Abrams, who’s vying to become the nation’s first black woman governor. He also stopped by Kennesaw State University just outside of Atlanta on Friday, where students were hyped to meet the star.

Ferrell, a proud Democrat, wanted to support as many Democratic candidates as possible in the midterm election, according to his wife.

“If there are candidates that I feel really strongly about that are fighting the good fight, whether it be about gun control or the [Brett Kavanaugh] vote, we are there. We want to be active, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “It’s a critical election coming up, and you have to care about it and get young people to care in order to use their power of voting.”

So the couple headed south to talk to voters and encourage young people to volunteer for Abrams’s campaign. College students couldn’t contain their excitement at seeing Ferrell on campus sporting a “Stacey Abrams for governor” T-shirt — every photo shows him surrounded by fans.

“What a pure man,” one student tweeted about the comic actor.

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Abrams is in a tight race against Republican Brian Kemp, who is currently serving as Georgia’s secretary of state. Her campaign posted a video to Facebook showing Ferrell handing out campaign stickers at Kennesaw State on Friday.

“We are here, and we’re trying to get people to volunteer for the Stacey Abrams campaign. But I don’t know how to do that,” Ferrell said in the video, after mocking the university’s owl mascot. He then turned to a campaign staffer for help in explaining how knocking on doors and making phone calls can help candidates win elections.

Staffers at the Atlanta radio show The Bert Show were also excited about Ferrell waltzing into the studio on Friday. Host Kristin Klingshirn tweeted that she “shall never recover” from the moment she and Ferrell reenacted a scene from Anchorman.

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Though Ferrell didn’t reveal how many volunteers he recruited, one thing was clear: Many Georgians were thrilled about the opportunity to meet the funnyman.

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