Stacey Abrams, fresh off her Georgia gubernatorial race, said she is considering running for Senate in the state in 2020, Politico reports.
Abrams, who was looking to become the country’s first Black female governor, said that she is open to another run for governor in Georgia in 2022 and even for president.
“No … I haven’t thought about it,” she said when asked by Politico on a 2020 bid for the White House. “I am open to all options, and it’s too soon after the election to know exactly what I’m going to do.”
Abrams, a Democrat who gained the support of notable figures such as former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, lost her closely watched race for governor against Republican Brian Kemp.
Kemp, who was criticized for staying on as Georgia’s secretary of state during the election, was accused of not processing more than 53,000 voter registration applications and purging millions of registrations.
“I am thinking about both,” said Abrams about challenging Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020 and Kemp two years later. “Georgia is my state. And the changes I talked about in this campaign remain changes I believe are necessary for our state to continue to progress, to serve the entirety of our state, and that the issues that I raised remain urgent and important.”
Abrams made her comments at a conference by Way to Win, which Politico called a “progressive donor network,” that pumped more than $20 million in this year’s midterm elections.
She said that voter suppression tactics were a “systemic attempt to narrow the electorate” in the state, but vowed to help turn the state around following increased voter turnout and fundraising efforts.
“The Deep South is rising again,” Abrams said. “And we will not stop.”
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