NEW YORK CITY (WROC/AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James has suspended her campaign for governor, saying she will run for reelection to her current position.

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

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

On the same day of announcing the end to her run for governor, James also subpoenaed former President Trump in a civil fraud case.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the news in a press briefing Thursday.

“All I can say is I respect her tremendously and always have. We are going to do great things and I look forward to having her on the ticket as we head into the November election together. This is a very bad day for Donald Trump and the NRA. We have Tish James, one of the finest attorney generals in the country, very focused on making sure justice is done,” Hochul said.

A new Siena College Research Institute poll released Tuesday showed James trailing Gov. Kathy Hochul for next year’s gubernatorial race.

According to that poll, New York Democrats are favoring Hochul at 36% with James at 18%, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams at 10%, and Rep. Tom Suozzi and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio both at 6%. 24% were still undecided or backing another candidate.

Hochul was asked if she expects her own run for governor to be easier now that James is out of the race.

She said in response, “You don’t know me. There has been a change in circumstances. However, I always, always, always run like an underdog. I’m a Buffalo Bills fan. I’m used to being an underdog and in my mind, I work hard and that has been the hallmark of my successes. No matter what a poll shows, no matter what the landscape looks like. That’s why I’ve been successful.”

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