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Michael Avenatti says he's not running in 2020

Michael Avenatti stands in a doorway holding a door open
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Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels, announced he will not be running for president in 2020, warning the Democratic party of nominating someone who would make a good president, but "have no real chance of winning."

Why it matters: Avenatti made a lot of noise as a potential challenger to Trump, who would have roiled the Democratic field but was never thought of as a serious candidate by most Democrats.

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