Stacey Abrams, the failed Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate, met with top Democrats in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss a possible U.S. Senate run in 2020, a Friday report says.
According to The Hill, Abrams huddled Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), about a potential run against Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who previously served as the CEO of Reebok and Dollar General before being elected to the Senate in 2015.
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) defeated Abrams in what was among the most hard-fought races in the 2018 midterm election. Official results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office show Kemp topped Abrams by 54,723 votes out of more than 3.9 million ballots cast. Abrams finally concede after ten days of publically contesting the results and even after doing so, has refused to say that the election was “free and fair.”
In a Monday interview with Atlanta-area radio state WABE, Abrams revealed she will announce whether she will challenge Perdue or launch a second gubernatorial bid in 2022. “One, I need to run for office because I’m the best person for the job, not simply because there’s a job that’s open,” said Abrams “No. 2, I need to run because I have ideas and the capacity to win the election and do the job well. And No. 3, I need to make decisions not based on animus or bitterness or sadness, but really based in a pragmatism that says, ‘This is the right thing to do.’”
“And I’m going to use that calculus and I intend to make a decision about the job I’m going to run for next by the end of March,” she added.
This is not the first time the Abrams has spoken publically about her future political plans.
The progressive told Politico in December that she is not only considering a Senate or gubernatorial run, but hinted she could one day mount a presidential bid.
“No … I haven’t thought about it,” she responded when asked if she is considering a White House run, adding that she is “open to all options.”
“[I]t’s too soon after the election to know exactly what I’m going to do,” she added.