Stacey Abrams Says She Won't Be Running For A U.S. Senate Seat
"I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation's future."
Democratic standout Stacey Abrams will not seek a United States Senate seat following her gubernatorial run.
The Georgia politician gained national attention for her impassioned fight for voting rights during the 2018 midterm elections in the months which followed her disheartening loss. In a Tuesday Twitter post, Abrams informed her followers and supporters she would not run against Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) next year.
I am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year. #gapol pic.twitter.com/5o14BqgqwO— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 30, 2019'
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"I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate," Abrams said in the video address. "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."
As The Hill notes, Republicans have nearly dominated every level of Georgia's government. There hasn't been a Democratic governor nor a Democratic Georgia-based U.S. senator in two decades. A source for The Hill confirmed she met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to tell him of her choice.
The 45-year-old's political capital continues to rise. She was rumored to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 presidential race. However, she refuted the rumors during an appearance on The View, stating a politician does not run to come in "second place."
In addition to her dedication to fighting for voting rights, Abrams founded the nonprofit Fair Count to ensure the underrepresented populations get counted in the 2020 census. As Blavity previously reported, Fair Count will assist renters, non-English speakers and others who are overlooked for the population tally.
The Week believes Abrams may be announcing a presidential bid because of her decision to opt out of a Senate bid. As of yet, there is no indication she will run for president in 2020.
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