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Georgia's Stacey Abrams is reportedly shelving a presidential run to focus on voter suppression

You don't have to worry about remembering another name in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field, The New York Times reports.

Stacey Abrams is expected to announce on Tuesday that she will not throw her hat into the ring. Abrams ran unsuccessfully in Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial election, but she captured the nation's attention despite the loss, and had been tossing around the idea of challenging for a seat in the Oval Office publicly for months.

But people familiar with Abrams told the Times that she ultimately decided against it. Instead, she'll reportedly work in battleground states to more closely monitor voter protection ahead of the 2020 general election. Lauren Groh-Wargo, one of Abrams' aides, said that for Abrams, "fighting voter suppression and making sure our nominees have what they need on the ground is what's most important."

That focus is, in part, fueled by allegations that Abrams lost her 2018 race to Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp because of voter suppression and election rigging.

Still, it might not be too long before Abrams is back on the campaign trail. The Times notes that she is likely to be a popular name for the vice presidency. Read more at The New York Times.