Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) acknowledged Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that she has to “earn the support” of black voters.
“Everyone has to earn the vote of every person,” she told Mitchell.
“I have never and never would take for granted that because of my gender or my race, that people will naturally come to me.” she added. “You have to earn the support.”
On attracting the African American vote, @KamalaHarris: “Everyone has to earn the vote of every person. I have never and never would take for granted that because of my gender or my race, that people will naturally come to me. You have to earn the support.” #AMRstaff
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 26, 2019
Harris is one of three Black lawmakers in the Democratic primary race, with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickIt’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race MORE.
According to RealClearPolitic’s average of polls, Harris is polling at 4 percent better than Booker and Patrick. However, Harris has struggled to gain traction with black voters around the country.
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In a recent Economist/YouGoV national poll, 21 percent of black voters thought of Harris as “highly favorable,” which was behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE (35 percent) and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) (32 percent) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) (30 percent).
Forty-seven percent of black voters said Biden was their first choice and 12 percent said both Warren and Sanders. Only 4 percent said Harris.