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Kamala Harris surges to second spot among Democratic presidential aspirants

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Published on July 06, 2019 with No Comments

The Indian-origin Senator, whose mother was born in Tamil Nadu and father was an African-American from Jamaica, in January launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020 to take on President Trump, who is a Republican.

She had said that she was “honoured” to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

If elected, she would be the first woman and woman of colour to be the president of the United States. Ms. Harris was elected as the U.S. Senator from California two years ago, during which she had made a national presence for her taking a tough stand against President Trump and his policies. Ms. Harris, who is the first Indian-origin U.S. Senator and first black Senator from California, is the fourth Democratic woman leader to enter the presidential race.

Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator, has surged to the second spot among more than 20 Democratic candidates eyeing the White House in the 2020 presidential run, according to a latest national opinion poll.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is still leading the pack of Democratic presidential aspirants with 22% of the vote, but his popularity rating has come down drastically following his poor performance after the last week’s first Democratic presidential debate.

Ms. Harris, 54, who outperformed Mr. Biden, 76, during the last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Florida has surged ahead to the second spot with 22% of the votes, according to the Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University National opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren follows at 14%, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is at 13%, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gets 4%, according to the opinion poll.

No other candidate tops 3%.

This compares to a June 11, 2019 Quinnipiac University Poll which had Mr. Biden at 30%, Mr. Sanders getting 19%, Ms. Warren with 15%, Mr. Buttigieg at 8% and Ms. Harris with 7%.

In the latest poll, Mr. Biden has a numerical lead among men with 22%.

But among women, Ms. Harris has a slight edge with 24% to Mr. Biden’s 22%. The race is similarly close for white Democratic voters, with Mr. Biden at 21%, and both Ms. Harris and Ms. Warren at 20%.

“Harris also essentially catches Biden among black Democratic voters, a historically strong voting bloc for Biden, with Biden at 31% and Harris at 27%,” the opinion poll said.


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