Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was once considered a top contender to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, but those days are a fading memory, and her campaign is on its last legs.
Last week, CBS News reported that Harris fired over half of her New Hampshire campaign team, including all of her field organizers. Her three field offices are being closed as well, as a desperate cash-cutting measure from the fledgling campaign.
A campaign spokesman claims that “a handful of staffers will run a scaled-down campaign out of the Manchester headquarters” so the campaign will still have an extremely limited presence in the Granite State. They are hinging their campaign on Harris’ performance in the Iowa caucuses, which are scheduled to take place on Feb. 3.
“Senator Harris and this team set out with one goal – to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020,” said Nate Evans, who works as the communications director for Harris’ New Hampshire campaign, in a statement.
“To do so, the campaign has made a strategic decision to realign resources and go all-in on Iowa, resulting in office closures and staff realignments and reductions in New Hampshire. The campaign will continue to have a staff presence in New Hampshire but the focus is and will continue to be on Iowa,” Evans added.
Harris, who is steadfastly dedicated to the goal of gaining political power, is scrambling to save her presidential ambitions. Her campaign’s lack of momentum and success have not caused her to give up, as she hopes for a miracle in Iowa.
“I’m practically living in Iowa to do the work that is necessary to make sure that I earn the support and have the folks in the caucuses who are standing in Kamala’s corner,” Harris told CBS News in an interview on Saturday, referring to herself in the third person.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Harris said of the decision to scale back in New Hampshire. “But let me tell you, I care about New Hampshire. We still have folks in New Hampshire. I have spent time in that state. I care about the people of that state. And we know that Iowa being the first state, you know, you got to be all in here in order to be able to get to the point that we can actually get to New Hampshire and other states later.”
Harris started her slide down the polls after her record was targeted by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the maverick anti-war presidential contender who has bucked her party’s establishment, during a contentious debate over the summer.
“I’m concerned about this record of senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said during the July 31 debate in Detroit.
“She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way,” Gabbard added.
After Harris snapped back with a defense of her controversial record, Gabbard finished with a rhetorical death blow that practically sealed Harris’ fate and devastated the disingenuous lawmaker’s ambitions.
“When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, you blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so,” Gabbard said.
“There’s no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as a prosecutor, you owe them an apology,” Gabbard added.
Now, Gabbard leads Harris by a narrow margin in certain polls. Harris’ record as a tough-on-crime prosecutor and attorney general have effectively disqualified her from being a Democratic presidential contender in an age when the party’s left-wing constituents hate police and the rule of law.
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Wisconsin Polling Shows President Trump ROUNDLY Defeating Entire Democratic Field
Democratic prospects in the Midwest are looking tough.
New polling from Quinnipiac released Thursday shows President Donald Trump handily defeating every major Democratic presidential candidate in hypothetical general election matchups.
Trump 50% (+11)
Trump 51% (+10)
Trump 49% (+8)
Trump 49% (+8)
Trump 50% (+7)
Trump 49% (+7)
Biden 42%@QuinnipiacPoll 2/12-18https://t.co/YezsOptZpg
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) February 20, 2020
Well-known Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the most competitive candidates against Trump in the Wisconsin general election, and even they lose by a considerable seven points to the incumbent Republican president.
Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who claims to have a credible path to victory in midwestern states the President grabbed from the Democratic Party in 2016, appears nowhere near seriously competing in the state.
The polling suggests Democrats will have a serious uphill battle in order to contend for the electoral votes of midwestern states such as Wisconsin, in 2020 or other future Presidential elections.
President Trump’s polling in statewide and national surveys has consistently improved as the Democratic Primary erupts in contention, suggesting that the divisions within the Democratic Party may bode well for his re-election.
The state was formerly assumed to be a safe blue state, before Trump won its electoral votes in a shocking upset in 2016. Pennsylvania and Michigan also went Republican for the first time in decades in Trump’s victory, and will prove essential to the election in 2020. Polling of the latter two states shows closer general election contests than in Wisconsin.
If Democrats are resigned to defeat in Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, they may choose to redouble their efforts in southwestern states such as Arizona or Texas.
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