Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams speaks on stage at the Women In The World Summit in New York, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said on Tuesday she would not run for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election, and that she valued public service but serving as a U.S. lawmaker was not “the best role” for her.
“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,” she said in a video posted on Twitter.
Abrams, a 45-year-old rising Democratic Party star who narrowly lost a 2018 race that would have made her the nation’s first female black governor, has been discussed as a possible presidential candidate in 2020.
She separately told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview that she could not run for Congress “simply … because the job is available. I need to run because I want to do the job.”
Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bernadette Baum