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Senator Kamala Harris, of California, has become a rising star in Democratic Party circles. She just recently headlined a fundraiser in the Hamptons where many donors came away convinced she would be running for President in 2020.

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The Hill reports on Harris’ up-and-coming status as a Senator within the party:

The Bridgehampton event, where Harris mingled with top donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton, was the ultimate signal that Harris is “thinking much bigger” than the Senate, one top bundler said.

“She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” another fundraiser said. “She’s absolutely going to run.”
Donors say Harris is giving them a glimmer of hope when they need it the most.

They see the former prosecutor-turned-California attorney general as embodying the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020.

They also see the 52-year-old African-American woman as a fresh face.

“There’s a big hunger out there for somebody new and different,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant who served as an adviser to former Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), who challenged Harris in last year’s senatorial race.

“People are looking for champions. … She’s in that category. There are people who might not know her real well but want to like her. What little they know, they like.”

Since November, Harris has become one of her party’s biggest draws: She has raised upwards of $600,000 for Senate candidates in recent months, and she recently raised $227,000 in an email for MoveOn.Org, according to sources close to Harris.

Her fans see her as an antidote to Donald Trump and as a candidate who could feed off the so-called resistance to the Republican president.

Democrats need a bench of fresh faces to challenge President Trump in 2020, and Harris fits the bill nicely. She is much younger than the average age of the 2016 Democratic field, and also carries none of the baggage associated with the Clintons.

Some very early polls show that Harris would, at minimum, start the race in a dead heat with Trump:

A new poll released Public Policy Polling projects that five different potential Democratic 2020 challengers would defeat incumbent President Donald Trump, but at varying margins of victory.

-Former Vice President Joe Biden defeats Trump 54 percent to 39 percent

-Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defeats Trump 52 percent to 39 percent

-Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren defeats Trump 49 percent to 42 percent

-New Jersey Senator Cory Booker defeats Trump 45 percent to 40 percent

-California Senator Kamala Harris defeats Trump 41 percent to 40 percent

The poll’s margin for error is 3.4 percentage points, meaning that Harris is the only Democrat whose victory is within the margin of error.

I suspect Harris suffers for lack of name recognition since every other name on that list has had more national exposure. She’s a star within progressive circles from her time during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings when she was twice shushed by Republican senators:

Harris has been added to our list of possible 2020 Democratic Candidates.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Dems need a “Rock Star” like a Kamala Harris, or Joseph Kennedy, III, or Cory Booker, or Julian Castro….. I absolutely love, love, love, the rest on your list but we need the new blood!

  2. It’s been pretty obvious for a long time that Harris will run for President. If Hillary had won the electoral college, Harris would’ve run in 2024.

    She’s not exactly a progressive voice in the party, but she’ll do fine. It’s possible that most or all Republicans will rage themselves into an early grave if/when Harris becomes the party nominee.

    They hate Obama for being black and they hate Hillary for being a woman. Kamala Harris is both. Imagine the conservative rage machine when Harris, for example, needs to visit the bathroom during a debate commercial break. I wonder which deadly physical illnesses the Republican lackeys will diagnose her with. And I’m very curious to see in which country they’ll claim she was born! My money is on Eritrea.

      • Are Republicans a race now?

        The GOP does hate women, and they hate women for being women. This is not exactly up for debate. We just had an election cycle during which the only line of attack against the woman in opposition was “she’s a b*tch, I can’t stand her voice, she’s not attractice enough, ewww period blood, ewww women shouldn’t go to the bathroom, her females hormones are scary, she’s being controlled by her husband, scheming b*tch…”

        But, of course, none of this had anything to do with misogyny, right?

      • I’m pointing out facts. It’s not a campaign strategy. Hitler won the election. That doesn’t make him any less of a racist.

        However, it seems to be working quite well with Trump. Almost nobody supports him anymore, and most people voted for his opponent.

      • Republicans hate Harris, because that’s what Republicans do, hate. They are, after all predominantly Christian.

  3. I’m not as familiar with Harris as I might be, but I will do the research. From what I know, she doesn’t have any big drawbacks. She is younger than we have had recently, yet not a novice. That in itself could be an advantage. We do need someone IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY so that we don’t have to deal with an outsider who doesn’t share our values. I think she would do fine against Pence, or whoever manages to hold on to the job until 2020. It won’t be Trump.

  4. Her fans see her as an antidote to Donald Trump and as a candidate who could feed off the so-called resistance to the Republican president.?

    Living in CRAY CRAY CALIFORNIA myself I have seen the despicable acts this wench has done, over and over. If you think the Republican base was galvanized against Clinton they will be out with pitchforks against this daughter of Satan.?

    You poor Democrats just can’t get it right. The people you have on the list beating President Trump, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris are pipe dreams. I believe Sanders would have given Trump a better contest than Clinton, but no the DNC screwed Sanders royally. The result is you are now blessed with Donald J Trump as president.??

      • Do you ever have any fresh posts? Your posts accusing me of being a bot are really getting lame. I suppose coming from a DUMBOCRAT I shouldn’t expect anything better.??

        • If you weren’t a bot, you would know I’m not a Democrat. You’re running on a flawed algorithm

            • Deal with it, snowflake. When yoy are a misogynist, people will call you a misogynist. If you don’t like it, you can stop being a misogynist.

  5. She voted to confirm Chao and Haley, both of whom are utterly unqualified and incapable of doing their jobs.

  6. Now that we know John McCain has brain cancer, his confused behavior at the Comey hearing makes more sense.

  7. Harris sounds fine. The others, especially Biden/Sanders, are has beens. Corrupt.

    Their poll numbers must have been taken by the pollsters that predicted HC in a landslide.

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