And it opens a new round of scrutiny over whether she will join the growing presidential field, or emerge as a White House hopeful’s running-mate, a possibility that heightened after she delivered her party’s rebuttal to the State of the Union.
WATCH: Stacey Abrams Delivers Democratic Response to State of the Union
If she doesn't make a White House run, Abrams is likely to prepare a 2022 rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp, who bested her by about 55,000 votes in a contest marred by allegations of voter suppression. After 10 days of legal wrangling and vote-counting, Abrams ended her campaign but refused to call it a concession.
>> On AJC.com: In AJC interview, Abrams reveals why she won’t run
Her profile has only grown after that election as she's traveled across the nation on a book tour. She's hit the late-night talk show circuit, attracted sold-out crowds from Nashville to Seattle and drawn huge audiences to podcast tapings.
Closer to home, she's trekked across Georgia on a "thank-you tour" to reconnect with supporters; appeared on local Super Bowl ads to boost her Fair Fight voting rights group, which is challenging state electoral policies in court; and sharply criticized the anti-abortion "heartbeat" measure backed by Kemp.
While her national image has soared, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed Abrams' favorability ratings in Georgia have dipped. The poll, released in April, showed about 45% of Georgia voters view her favorably, compared with 52% in January. Her unfavorable rating jumped 5 percentage points to 45%.
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