Abrams says she will run for office again

Stacey Abrams on Sunday said that she intends to run for political office again, several days after she ended her campaign against Republican Brian Kemp in the hotly contested Georgia governor’s race. 

Abrams during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" said she plans to run for office after spending a year as a private citizen.

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"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," she added. "But once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring." 

Abrams during the interview called the Georgia gubernatorial race a "call to arms" for voting rights activists. Abrams, Democrats and voting rights advocates throughout her campaign accused Kemp of suppressing votes, particularly from minorities in the state. 

Kemp oversees Georgia's elections as the secretary of state. 

Abrams now says that she is going to fight agains voter suppression in a "court of law."

"We have had systematic disenfranchisement of voters," Abrams told CNN's Jake Tapper. "We have seen gross mismanagement of our elections and we have seen an erosion of faith in our democracy in our state. Those are all true facts. But these are all solvable problems."

As evidence of voter suppression, Abrams and allies have pointed to the removal of thousands of voter registrations from the voter rolls, particularly from African-Americans.

Her campaign had filed several lawsuits asking for certain mail-in ballots and provisionals to be counted.

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the secretary of state couldn’t certify the results until absentee ballots with missing or incorrect birth dates were counted. But at the same time, he said the state wouldn’t accept those with inaccurate addresses or provisionals cast by people voting in a wrong county. 

"My accusations are based entirely on evidence," Abrams said. "We had four different federal judges in the course of a week say that what we witnessed was wrong and force better behavior. And what I’m simply asking for is another court to force even stronger behavior — legal reforms so that nobody has to question the legitimacy of our election." 

Abram's campaign mobilized Democrats across the country, even attracting the attention of legendary talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, who stumped for Abrams in the final days before Election Day.