Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she will not run for the U.S. Senate next year, likely causing the current seat holder, Republican David Perdue, a devout supporter of President Donald Trump, to breathe a sigh of relief; polls had shown Abrams may have toppled the first-term Senator.
Now speculation has mounted over whether Abrams will join the field of about 20 candidates already seeking to earn the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in 2020.
Abrams did not rule out a presidential run in a video she released explaining her decision not to pursue the Senate seat.
“I am so grateful for all of the support and encouragement I have received from fellow Georgians, to leaders of Congress and beyond,” adding, “However the fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future.”
Stacey Abrams barely lost the 2018 election for governor to the state’s than-secretary of state, and now governor, Brian Kemp, who controversially oversaw his own election.
Furthermore, voting machines that some cyber analysts said were susceptible to hacking were used in the election.
Voting rights activists also accused Kemp of suppressing African-American votes.
Had she won, Abrams–a former State House Minority Leader–would have become the nation’s first African-American, female governor.
In the midst of a narrow loss, Abrams built a substantial political operation and significantly raised her stature; Democrats even tapped her to deliver their response to Trump’s State Of The Union address.
It remains to be seen how Abrams potentially entering the Democratic primary will affect the primary calculus.