Stacey Abrams gained a national platform during her headline-making run for governor in Georgia in 2018. If she had won, Abrams would’ve been the first black female governor in United States history. In the end, she lost to then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who, in his role, oversaw the very election he was running in. (Democrats have since called the election an example of voter suppression, citing reports of broken voting machines and purged voter rolls.)
It wasn’t long before everyone was asking Abrams, who’s also the former Georgia state House minority leader, what she intended to do next. In January, she cemented her place as a voice for the Democratic party when she gave the Democrats’ official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. But her future plans are still up in the air. Below, everything we know about whether Abrams is running in 2020.
Will she run for office again?
Yes. This, at least, was always pretty clear. As early as December, Abrams told the audience at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit that she would definitely run again. She said, “What it is I’m going to run for I haven’t quite decided because I try not to make decisions out of anger too often, and I want to make sure what I run for next is the right job, not just because it has a good title, but because the mission matches my skills and matches the moment. So, stay tuned.”
Will she run for Senate?
Back in January, there were reports that Abrams was considering running for an open U.S. Senate seat in 2020 and that she met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Then, in March, The New York Times reported that while Abrams would run for office again, she “will decide whether for senator, governor or president by late March or early April.”
Will she run for president?
Now that we’ve discussed the Senate, let’s talk about the next, most obvious possibility: the 2020 presidential race. In early March, Abrams tweeted that while she was previously thinking 2028 would be the earliest she would consider a run for president, “now 2020 is definitely on the table.”
In April, Abrams told MSNBC that she was “very seriously thinking about” running for president in 2020, but that she didn’t think the time was right to declare. While a number of people have already entered the race, Abrams noted that a credible candidate can declare all the way up until September.
She told the outlet, “My responsibility is to make certain that the job I run for next is a job I intend to do for a long time. The reality is a Senate job is a six year job at the very least, and it’s not a job I thought about, so I really wanted to be intentional about thinking through what that would mean. Running for president had not been on my timetable this quickly, but the energy and the passion I’m feeling means I have to give it serious consideration.”
Will she run on someone else’s presidential ticket?
For a moment, there were significant rumors that Abrams would not only be running in 2020, but that she would be joining former vice president Joe Biden’s ticket as his vice president, whenever he decided to enter the primaries. Abrams has since denied such rumors, telling The View, “You don’t run for second place.”
She continued, “If I’m going to enter a primary, then I’m going to enter a primary. And if I don’t enter the primary, my job is to make certain that the best Democrat becomes the nominee, and whoever wins the primary, that we make certain that person gets elected in 2020.”
Abrams also told MSNBC, “I have had conversations with Joe Biden about him running for president, about me running for president, about me running for Senate … we did not talk about his primary strategy.” She reiterated that she does not intend to “enter a presidential race as a primary candidate for vice president,” but that once a nominee is chosen, she’s open to having conversations “with anyone.”
This post will continue to be updated.