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Why Stacey Abrams 2020 is looking more likely

Stacey Abrams has sort of, kind of cleared up her 2020 vision.

The Democrat, who lost to Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial race told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that she wouldn't challenge Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.) next year. But when it came to her recently expressed presidential ambitions, Abrams didn't drop any new hints.

Abrams' narrow and contentious loss to Kemp last year made her a favorite for statewide office in the typically deep-red Georgia. But on Tuesday, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her "responsibility is not simply to run because the job is available," and that she would only "run because I want to do the job." Potential Democratic candidates have seemingly held off on announcing Senate bids until Abrams made up her mind, with the former mayor of Columbus, Georgia saying she'd run if Abrams didn't.

Still, another 2020 option still seems to be up in the air for Abrams. Reports suggested Joe Biden would announce Abrams as his running mate upon announcing his 2020 campaign to prove he wasn't "isn't just another old white guy." Yet Abrams quickly shut that idea down, reminding voters last month that she is "just as capable of becoming the president of the United States as anyone running" and explicitly saying that "2020 is definitely on the table."

Read more of Abrams' interview at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.