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Tue Dec 3, 2019, 03:32 PM

 

What Happened To The Kamala Harris Campaign?

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Kamala Harris was being described by some pundits as the Democratic front-runner before she even formally announced her candidacy. By early July, she seemed poised to challenge the polling leader, Joe Biden, who she had sharply criticized in the first Democratic debate. Harris stood at 15 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, narrowly ahead of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Everything was coming up peaches.

Since then, however, Harrisís support has plunged. Sheís down to mid-single digits in most national polls, trailing Biden, Sanders, Warren and even Pete Buttigieg. Her numbers are also dismal in the early states, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

So, what went wrong?

Itís too early to write Harris off; she remains well-liked by Democratic voters and has raised enough money to keep her campaign running for months. In other words, she is decently positioned to make gains if one of the top three candidates falters, or if she can create another moment, like in the first debate, that gets Democrats excited about her.

But itís worth thinking about why Harris has stumbled from that post-first-debate high. We canít know for sure, but here are some theories (most of these are not mutually exclusive, and many likely played a role, but I ordered them from strongest to weakest, in my view).
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primary today, I would vote for:
Pete Buttigieg

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 03:38 PM

1. Two problems.

 

She didnít get a top tier campaign manager and then let them run the show.

She let family try to run the show.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Amy Klobuchar

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 04:57 PM

2. I was never with her since Franken.

 

So thereís that. I know Iím not the only one.
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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 05:01 PM

3. Somehow Warren and Sanders did well despite the Franken thing...

 

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Pete Buttigieg

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 05:02 PM

4. Booker hasn't.

 

Time will tell. As a Biden supporter I wonít support those two anyway.
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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 05:04 PM

5. And neither is Klobuchar; which tells us that Franken has nothing to do with voter attitudes

 

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Pete Buttigieg

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 05:06 PM

6. I didn't say it had anything to do with your opinion

 

I said it was my opinion.

But I also know Iím not alone in that opinion
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