New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that she is dropping out of the governor’s race and will instead run for re-election.
“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,” James said in a statement.
The announcement was unexpected, especially since she had only announced her candidacy several weeks ago.
James, the state’s first Black and first female attorney general, would have challenged New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, the state’s first female governor, for the job.
Among the investigations James’ office has ongoing is a civil tax fraud probe into the Trump Organization.