Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) is making a campaign swing through New Hampshire this week, and while there Fox News asked her about whether or not she feels she’s still in the top tier even as the media is painting the Democratic presidential nominating race as a three-way race between Joe Biden and Sens. Sanders and Warren:
“Of course I’m part of that top tier and we all know that,” the California Democrat told Fox News and Seacoast Online on Friday evening, during an interview before headlining a party fundraising gala in Portsmouth, N.H.
“This is a campaign that has to be about each person working hard and earning the support. I plan on earning the support of each and every voter,” she also stated.
2020 Watch-New: Asked if she's still a top-tier Democratic presidential candidate, @KamalaHarris tells @seacoastonline and @foxnewspolitics
“of course I’m part of that top-tier and we all know that" #KamalaHarris #nhpolitics #FITN #2020Election pic.twitter.com/0GwBNG7zCB
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) September 7, 2019
In Harris’s mind she might be a “top tier” candidate but the reality is her campaign has been in a freefall since mid-July.
She enjoyed a nice bump in polling numbers, positive press coverage, and fundraising in the aftermath of the first debate at the end of June where she broadsided Joe Biden over the forced busing issue and his praise of working with segregationist Senators back in the 1970s in order to get things done.
Media types and liberal commentators were treating her as the invincible candidate, but as July rolled on, her numbers began to start declining. And after Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) absolutely took Harris to the woodshed at the second debate over her troubling criminal justice reform record as California’s attorney general, her numbers dropped even more .
Even more troubling for her is the dramatic drop in support from key Democratic voting blocs like black voters and female voters.
In fact, things have gotten so bad for Harris that just a little over a month after she mocked Gabbard for her low polling numbers, Harris finds herself only 2 points ahead of the Hawaii Congresswoman in a recent poll, with the margin of error putting her even with Gabbard:
Economist/YouGov poll: 2020 Dems
Biden 26% (+2 since last week)
Warren 21% (+1)
Sanders 14% (-)
Buttigieg 6% (+1)
Harris 5% (-3)
Yang 3% (+1)
Gabbard 3% (+1)
Castro 2% (-)
de Blasio 2% (+1)
[everyone else 1% or less]
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 4, 2019
The next Democratic debate is Thursday. Expect Harris to again attack frontrunner Biden (but perhaps not from a racial angle this time around), and to take a few swings at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), too, as Warren’s numbers have consistently risen since mid-May, which firmly puts her in the top tier.
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