Stacey Abrams may have disappointed some Democrats with her announcement that she wouldn’t be running for the Senate in Georgia, but for those in the know, her decision shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, she told Jamil Smith of Rolling Stone just last month that the Senate “was never the place where I wanted to be.”
Well, you ask, where is the place Abrams wants to be? Only time will determine her next move. But one thing’s for sure: The rising star within the Democratic Party seemingly has no shortage of choices.
That was clear after reading the Associated Press’ coverage of Abrams’ announcement on Tuesday morning. Abrams told the AP that she was “going to continue to watch how the national conversation around the presidency unfolds. I’m not taking myself out of that conversation, but I’m not ready to make a determination, and I don’t think one is necessary at this moment.”
Yep, you read that right. Abrams was still open to the possibility of throwing her name in the ever-widening ring of Democratic White House hopefuls looking to dethrone Donald Trump from what many have called a fraudulently obtained presidency.
If Abrams did decide to run for president, she could be the game-changer Democrats need in a field of candidates who seem to be split ideologically and politically on a number of topics, including and especially reparations.
Abrams earlier this month rejected the idea that Democrats couldn’t defeat Trump with a Black woman leading the Party’s presidential ticket.
“This notion that the only way to win is to recommit to a narrowing of the electorate is wrong-headed,” Abrams told Joy Reid on MSNBC’s AM Joy on April 7. “So, I think the nervousness is really an anxiety driven by a false memory. We can win with the best candidate. Race and gender aside, the best Democratic candidate is the one who will run a race that reaches out to everyone and builds a true coalition of voters … in every state.”
That sentiment came after she said last month during the SXSW that running for president “is definitely on the table.”
Minority Leader and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer had been recruiting Abrams to run to help Democrats win back the Senate, and Joe Biden, who recently announced his own candidacy, was reportedly grooming her to become his vice presidential running mate. But Abrams shot both down both of those invitations without batting an eyelash. She seems to have her own plan, but what is it exactly?
If she doesn’t launch her own presidential bid, Abrams could start preparing for another run at Georgia governor after she lost her race under suspicious circumstances in the midterm elections last year. Abrams told Politico back in December that another gubernatorial bid wasn’t out of the question.
“I am open to all options,” she said at the time.
That said, Abrams could always working for Fair Fight Action, the voting advocacy group that works to ensure “free and fair elections.” The topic was definitely near and dear to her heart, especially after Abrams lost the governor race to an open vote suppressor in Brian Kemp. Voter suppression has remained a real concern in Georgia and elsewhere across the country and has typically targeted minority voters, especially Black folks. That seemed to be the case in her race.
“In response to what I believe was a stolen election — and I’m not saying they stole it from me, they stole it from the voters of Georgia,” she told CNN earlier this month. “I cannot prove empirically that I would’ve won, but we will never know. And so what I demanded on November 16 was a fair fight because you see voter suppression is as old as America.”