Georgia Democrat Abrams rules out U.S. Senate run


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

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