Our long national wait is over. Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) will not run for U.S. Senate in 2020.
In a video posted to Twitter Tuesday morning, Abrams said “The Senate provides a singular platform from which to address the issues of access to justice, economic security, health care and restoring the integrity of our nation’s democracy.”
“However, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate,” she added.
In her tweet, Abrams said she was “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.”
On Monday, Abrams met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to let him know she would not run for senate, CNN reported. An anonymous Democratic official told the outlet Abrams planned to focus on voting rights instead.
Abrams still has not said whether she will join the crowded 2020 Democrat presidential primary.
In her video, Abrams began by saying that “public service has been a calling” for her for as long as she could remember.
“Whether in elected office or as an active citizen,” she said. “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 she saw the U.S. Senate as requiring a “deep commitment to the job,” and did not see it “as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future.”
Later in the video, Abrams said she still doesn’t know “what is next for me,” but insisted “democracy in America is under attack.”
She then repeated her tired claims of voter suppression, which she says cost her the Georgia gubernatorial election. Abrams has repeatedly refused to concede the governor’s race and claims, without evidence, that voter suppression occurred. In reality, voter participation nearly doubled in the 2018 gubernatorial election over the 2014 election.
Abrams may have seemed like the Democrats’ best hope to win a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia next year, but that was based on name recognition. Poll numbers from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution made it clear that voters in the state are split on whether they like her or not, but know they definitely like current Sen. David Perdue (R).
The poll found that 47% of respondents had a favorable opinion of Perdue, and 45% had a favorable opinion of Abrams. But just 25% had an unfavorable opinion of Perdue, while 45% viewed Abrams unfavorably.
That likely played into her decision not to run for Senate. She couldn’t actually win.
If Abrams does end up becoming the 20th or so Democrat running for president in 2020, she would join former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in the “losers vying for even higher office” club. O’Rourke lost a U.S. Senate seat to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and then decided to run for president.
Because as we all know, failing to succeed in a lower office makes you imminently qualified for a higher office. Unless she thinks she can follow the Abraham Lincoln model.