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Deportation bus tour cancels Athens stop, campaign blames DeKalb protests

Williams is trailing most Republicans in a new 11Alive poll.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — GOP gubernatorial hopeful Michael Williams' first leg of his deportation bus tour didn't make it out of DeKalb County on Wednesday.

Williams, who is trailing badly in a new 11Alive GOP gubernatorial poll, said his bus tour was prevented from leaving Decatur and going to Athens by violent "Antifa and radical liberals" who blocked the bus from leaving.

Williams' deportation bus stopped in Clarkston earlier in the day.

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Several photos posted to social media showed crowds surrounding the bus:

In a statement to 11Alive, DeKalb County Police confirm they were called to the bus' location on North Decatur Road Wednesday afternoon after getting a n anonymous 911 call that stated protesters were "getting violent" and wouldn't allow the bus to leave. Police officers went to the scene, but found no evidence of violence or criminal activity.

Williams is headed to northwest Georgia on Thursday.

In the exclusive 11Alive poll, Williams has only 3 percent of the vote, trailing leaders Casey Cagle (35 percent), Brian Kemp (17 percent), Hunter Hill (10 percent) and Clay Tippins (8 percent).

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