Stacey Abrams Won’t Seek Senate Seat, Doesn't Rule Out Presidential Run

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she will not be seeking a US Senate seat in 2020. Abrams, who nearly became Georgia’s first Black female governor, said she has not ruled out a presidential bid.

In a video shared on social media, Abrams said that public service has been a life-long calling for her. “Whether in elected office or as an active citizen, I believe we are required to find solutions to our most intractable problems, and to use our skills to expand opportunity for all,” she said. Abrams, 45, then announced that she would not challenge Republican US Senator David Perdue.

“I am so grateful for all of the support and encouragement I have received from fellow Georgians, to leaders of Congress and beyond,” she said. “However, the fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the US Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future.”

She maintained that she will work to make sure Georgia elects a Democrat during the 2020 election. Abrams added, “Georgia deserves a US Senator who sees and understands the needs of all Georgians — someone who won’t diminish the real worries of our citizens with insults to excuse his inaction. ...A Georgian who cares more about protecting our farmers and our families than protecting the Trump administration and his grudges.”

Abrams told the Associated Press (AP) that she has not ruled out a presidential bid, but noted she is not rushing to join a crowded Democratic field. “I’m going to continue to watch how the national conversation around the presidency unfolds,” Abrams said. “I’m not taking myself out of that conversation, but I’m not ready to make a determination, and I don’t think one is necessary at this moment.”

Questions around Abrams’ next steps continue. In November 2018, Abrams came within just 60,000 votes of defeating Republican Brian Kemp for the governorship of Georgia. Abrams is still considering running against Kemp again in 2022, she told the AP.

Abrams has also been floated around as a potential running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden, who announced his third presidential run in April. In her video, Abrams echoed Biden’s campaign announcement when she claimed, “Democracy in America is under attack.”

Biden and Abrams recently met in Washington, DC, further fueling the rumors. However, Abrams downplayed the idea of being Biden’s running mate in an interview on ABC’s “The View.” She said, “You don’t run for second place.” The Democrat’s national recognition has skyrocketed since her unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. However, Abrams’ favorability ratings in her home state have dropped, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.

The poll, which was released in April, showed her favorability ratings dropped from 52 percent in January to 45 percent in April. Meanwhile, her unfavorable rating increased five percentage points during that timeframe to 45 percent. With Abrams bowing out of the Senate race, Democrats have a hard uphill battle to gain control of the Senate. Democrats need to win an upset in a number of Senate races, including in Georgia, Montana, and Texas to have a shot of reversing the GOP’s 53-47 hold of the Senate, the AP reported.

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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.