ATLANTA — After much speculation surrounding Stacey Abrams' next move, she has officially decided against a presidential run.

11Alive confirmed Tuesday afternoon through an Abrams aide that the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate isn't seeking to be the nation's leader. The aide told 11Alive that she is comfortable with the current pool of Democratic hopefuls. 

Abrams, who lost to Gov. Brian Kemp in the 2018 election, has become a notable member of the Democratic Party. 

She spoke the IUPAT Convention in Las Vegas Tuesday, make a big announcement, but it wasn't about a presidential bid. She talked about her voter protection initiative. 

"I believe that in 2020 we have a decision to make," she said. "Are we going to keep moving our country forward? Are we going to give in to the evil that seems to be holding us back?"

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Since her loss to Kemp, Abrams has spent her time advocating for voter rights and fair elections. Fair Fight, a group backed by Abrams, filed a lawsuit with others alleging there are serious and unconstitutional flaws within Georgia's election process.

During her speech Tuesday, Abrams discussed the Fair Fight 2020 plan.

"In Georgia in 2018, we didn't have a fair fight," she said.

She said Georgia is a singular example, but claims Peach state is not the only one.

"I'm going to use my energies and my very, very loud voice to raise the money we need to train those across the country in our 20 battleground states to make sure Donald Trump and the Senate take a hike, and we put people in place who know what we need to have in the United States of America."

The group's goal is to help staff, fund, and train others about voter protection operations.

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Back in June, Abrams testified before a House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. to discuss voting practices.

Abrams also waded into the debate over Georgia's new "heartbeat" abortion bill a few months ago, after Kemp to sign the controversial legislation into law. Barring any legal holdups, the law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020 and will ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

Several from the Hollywood film industry vowed to take their Georgia productions elsewhere. In an attempt to smooth tensions, Abrams traveled to California to meet with members of the film industry. Abrams told 11Alive's Faith Abubey the discussions were "incredibly productive." 

Watch Las Vegas speech below. 


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