After devastating loss, Stacey Abrams says another run for governor 'likely'

She fell well shy of victory in her 2022 rematch with Kemp.

Published: January 9, 2023 8:21pm

Updated: January 9, 2023 9:06pm

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams indicated on Monday that she would likely mount a third bid for the state's top job.

Speaking in an interview with Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore, Abrams said, "I will likely run again. If at first you don't succeed, try try again. If it doesn't work, you try again," according to The Hill.

Abrams first ran for governor in 2018 against then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, but narrowly lost in a close election wherein a victor did not become clear until long after the election had concluded.

Abrams loudly cried voter suppression for four years, alleging that Kemp had used his official role to influence the outcome of his gubernatorial bid. She further brought suit against the state's election integrity laws passed in 2021 amid the controversy surrounding the state's 2020 presidential election results. That effort was unsuccessful.

She fell well shy of victory in her 2022 rematch with Kemp, who greatly expanded on his 2018 margin of victory. Abrams' defeat was further highlighted by Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock's successful reelection bid.

Reports have since emerged that the Abrams campaign is in considerable debt and has left many of its staff in the lurch amid the financial difficulties. The candidate herself, meanwhile, remains on solid financial footing, having accumulated roughly $3 million in personal wealth, in no small part due to her political celebrity.

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