AG Letitia James drops out of NY governor race; seeking re-election

New York Elections

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday she was dropping out of the race for governor, saying she will instead run for re-election to her current position.

The Democrat said in a statement that she needs to continue her work as attorney general, citing “a number of important investigations and cases” underway.

“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general. There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job. I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.”

Attorney General Letitia James

James oversaw an investigation into allegations that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed numerous women.

Current Gov. Kathy Hochul, who among the list of candidates vying for the governor’s seat, said Thursday James had called her earlier to explain her intentions.

“I want to thank her for her leadership,” Hochul said, adding that she supports her re-election and is excited for both of them to be on the election ticket together.

The attorney general only announced she was running for governor in late October.

The 62-year-old is the first woman elected as New York’s attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role.

Political analysts Tara Dowdell and Dr. Basil Smikle explained James’ decision to withdraw and how it impacts the gubernatorial race.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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