Stacey Abrams won't run for Senate — but pledges to help Democrats win in Georgia

Stacey Abrams won't run for Senate — but pledges to help Democrats win in Georgia
Stacey Abrams image via Screengrab

Stacey Abrams dealt Democratic hopes for regaining the Senate in 2020 a disappointment, announcing she won’t run against Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue.


“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,” Abrams said in a video (watch below) released Tuesday morning. “But let's be clear: I will do everything in my power to ensure Georgia elects a Democrat to the United States Senate in 2020.”

Abrams was clear about the stakes of the Senate race, from health care to family separation, and as a prelude to her role in that fight—though she won’t be the candidate—she promised that “Over the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more from me and my team about groundbreaking initiatives to protect the right to vote and to increase the participation of Americans in setting the course for Georgia and the future of our country.

Abrams is just the latest top Democratic prospect to pass on a Senate run, with Beto O’Rourke and John Hickenlooper deciding to run for president instead of running for Senate in Texas and Colorado, respectively, while Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has said no to the Senate without yet making a decision about the presidential race. Abrams, too, hasn’t ruled out a presidential run, previously telling Politico that “I believe based on my understanding of the contours of how to run a presidential race, September is actually an appropriate date.”

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