Within 24 hours of the debate, her team raised more than $2m in online donations, and she moved up in the polls
Kamala Harris is charming Iowa. She has more than doubled her campaign staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina. She enthused a crowd of black women at the Essence Festival with a multibillion-dollar plan to invest in black homeownership that matched concrete economic solutions with a fierce promise to right past wrongs.
It is the jolt of energy that Harris campaign needed after months of struggling to stand out in the polls.
Harris performance on 27 June, in the first round of debates of the 2020 presidential race, was a much-needed win. Harris walked on stage ranked fifth in the most crowded Democratic race in history. She left basking in attention, having metaphorically kneecapped the frontrunner.
Within 24 hours, her team raised more than $2m in online donations, from 63,277 people more than half of whom were donating for the first time. In the days that followed, polls put her among the group of top candidates in the race.
With more than a year to the Democratic National Convention and 481 daysuntil the 2020 presidential election, its still anybodys game. Harris debate performance didnt win her a domineering spot in the polls. It didnt drown out the criticism shes gone back and forth on key policy ideas. It didnt obfuscate some of her controversial decisions as a California prosecutor. But shes back in the race.
Six months ago, for her campaign launch announcement in Oakland, 20,000 people swarmed downtown chanting, Ka-ma-la! Ka-ma-la! Local police estimated that Harris drew a crowd larger than Barack Obama did when he announced his run for president in Illinois in 2007.
Harris spoke of her upbringing as a child of Indian and Jamaican parents in California, and she raised the mantle of her experience: her steady climb from career prosecutor to district attorney of San Francisco, to attorney general of California and becoming one of the states senators.
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