Meet the Candidate: Kamala Harris
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, is expected to soon make her first trip to the Upstate since launching her presidential campaign.
Harris, 54, will return to South Carolina to campaign May 28. The details of her visit will be announced later, according to her campaign.
Here are five things to know about Harris:
Kamala Harris will talk about helping teachers and renters
According to her campaign, Harris will continue to highlight her proposal to increase the average pay for a South Carolina teacher by 19 percent to fully close the income gap between teachers and comparable professionals.
She also will focus on her proposed Rent Relief Act, which would create a refundable tax credit to put more money in the pockets of families at a time when renters’ wages have remained stagnant and housing costs have increased rapidly in the Upstate. Her campaign cites a recent analysis that found the plan would lift more than 2 million Americans out of deep poverty.
Kamala Harris will be 12th presidential candidate to visit Upstate
Harris has already made five campaign trips to South Carolina. The state, which will hold the South’s first Democratic presidential primary in February, is seen as a critical part of her strategy to win the party’s nomination, and it’s viewed as critical for all Democrats.
While Harris has previously campaigned in Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and other parts of the state, her upcoming trip will mark her first visit to the Upstate.
Harris will be the 12th Democratic presidential candidate to campaign in the Upstate. The most recent visitors included U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who came to Greenville last month, and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who held a rally last month at Clemson University.
Polls show Kamala Harris trailing leaders in crowded field
Harris is currently sitting in fourth place nationally in the crowded Democratic presidential field, according to the latest polling data compiled by RealClear Politics. Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the pack with support from 39 percent of voters, followed by Sanders at 15.5 percent, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 7.7 percent and Harris at 7.2 percent.
A pair of polls conducted earlier this year in South Carolina put Harris in third place, behind Biden and Sanders.
Noteworthy fundraising fact for Kamala Harris
Harris trails Sanders and Warren in overall campaign fundraising, according to the Federal Election Commission. But there is one area where she is leading the field.
Harris has a sizable advantage over her Democratic rivals in collecting donations in mostly minority neighborhoods, according to an analysis conducted by NBC News. The analysis found that she has received at least $1 million in campaign contributions from ZIP codes where most residents are not white, about two-and-a-half times the total of O’Rourke, who was second to Harris.
Political background of Kamala Harris
Harris is serving her first term as the junior U.S. senator from California. The state’s senior senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, is backing Biden’s campaign, according to published reports.
Harris serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and she received national attention last week for grilling U.S. Attorney General William Barr about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. President Donald Trump later referred to Harris in a tweet as “nasty.”
Before becoming a senator, Harris served as California’s attorney general. She also was a district attorney in San Francisco.