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Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Voter Suppression



“Our most urgent work is to realize Americans’ dreams of today and tomorrow,” Ms. Abrams said during her State of the Union response. “To carve a path to independence and prosperity that can last a lifetime.”

Ms. Abrams was sure to face several challenges had she entered the already sprawling Democratic presidential field, where several candidates with higher national name recognition have already struggled to break through. She would have had to quickly build out a national fund-raising operation, and she would have had to face off against several allies who acted as surrogates and fund-raisers for Ms. Abrams during her gubernatorial campaign.

It has become commonplace for Democratic presidential candidates to mention Ms. Abrams on the campaign trail, saying that they believe she would have defeated Mr. Kemp had the election been free of suppression allegations.

“Massive voter suppression prevented Stacy Abrams from becoming the rightful governor of Georgia,” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said in an April speech.

After the election in November 2018, another presidential candidate, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, said, “I think that Stacey Abrams’s election is being stolen from her, using what I think are insidious measures to disenfranchise certain groups of people.”

Since her narrow loss to Mr. Kemp, Ms. Abrams has thrust her star power behind Fair Fight Action, the advocacy group she began to “expand democracy and ensure all voters have access to the polls.”

The group’s latest initiative will expand beyond Georgia to target 20 states, including across the Midwest and Southeast, and will invest up to $5 million. It will work to correct inaccurate voter rolls, address shortages of voting machines and provisional ballots, and standardize the rules around counting absentee ballots, according to aides. There will also be a state-by-state hotline that local communities can call to report election irregularities.

Fair Fight Action has previously sued the Georgia secretary of state’s office, asking federal courts to address voting procedures that the group claims are unconstitutional and discriminatory.

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