“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” she wrote on Twitter. “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 entered the race in October, and would have faced Governor Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary. Hochul succeeded Andrew Cuomo as the state’s governor. Cuomo resigned after James’ office released the results of an investigation into multiple claims of sexual harassment against him.
Last week, James released more documents from that investigation, including text messages and deposition transcripts involving Cuomo’s brother, Chris Cuomo. They showed that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo tapped media sources to assist his brother’s response to the allegations. CNN fired Cuomo on Saturday after a review of the new information.
A recent Siena poll showed that Hochul had a double-digit lead over James in the June primary.
James reportedly plans to seek a deposition from former President Donald Trump as part of a tax fraud investigation into the Trump Organization.
James faced being potentially outmatched by Hochul when it comes to fundraising. After she became governor, Hochul quickly ramped up fundraising efforts and began courting donors, including from entertainment.