Stacey Abrams says she'll run for office again

Two days after acknowledging her loss to Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia’s governor’s race, Stacey Abrams on Sunday said she plans to run for office again.

Abrams, a Democrat and former minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she intends to take a hefty break from the political spotlight before deciding her next move.

“I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again,” Abrams said. “I’m not sure for what and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap, but once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.”

In a rousing speech on Friday, Abrams announced she was ending her bid for Georgia governor. Kemp, who resigned as the state’s secretary of state on Nov. 8, had declared himself the winner the day after the election.

Though Abrams acknowledged in her speech that Kemp would be certified the victor in the election, she did not concede.

“I will not concede, because the erosion of our democracy is not right,” Abrams said in her speech Friday. “More than a million citizens found their names stripped from the rolls by the secretary of state, including a 92-year-old civil rights activist,” she said, adding that “democracy failed Georgia.”  

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gives a thumbs up to supporters outside Busy Bee Cafe during a campaign stop on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams made a number of final campaign stops on Election Day. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams get s hug from a young supporter at Busy Bee Cafe on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams made a number of final campaign stops on Election Day. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Rev. Jesse Jackson stands with Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams outside the Busy Bee Cafe on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams made a number of final campaign stops on Election Day. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams poses for photographs with employees of Busy Bee Cafe on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams made a number of final campaign stops on Election Day. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gets a kiss from a supporter during a campaign stop at Busy Bee Cafe on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: A supporter holds a campaign poster of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams outside Busy Bee Cafe on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams made a number of final campaign stops on Election Day. As voters go to the polls on Election Day, Abrams is in a tight race against Republican opponent Brian Kemp to become Georgia's next governor. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
Democratic nominee for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams thanks Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State for speaking at a Get out the Vote Rally held in Savannah at the Longshoreman Union Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams speaks Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 at a Get out the Vote Rally in Savannah at the Longshoreman Union.. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
Buena Vista resident Charlie Matthews, 73, right, presents Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams with red roses during a campaign stop at Annie D's restaurant on Election Day in Buena Vista, Ga., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Matthews said that he dedicated the flowers to Abrams on behalf of all the deceased women in his family that did not live to see her make it this far in Georgia's governor race. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams waves at supporters following a campaign stop at Pearly's Famous Country Cooking on Election Day in Albany, Ga., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
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The Associated Press reported that Kemp’s office put 53,000 voter registration applications on hold ― 70 percent of them from people of color ― because of the state’s controversial “exact match” law.

Abrams on Sunday attacked Kemp as a “horrible actor who benefited from his perfidy” during the gubernatorial race ― the state’s closest in more than 60 years. Kemp has denied any attempts at voter suppression.

“There was a deliberate and intentional disinvestment and I think destruction of the administration of elections in the state of Georgia,” Abrams said.

 

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