Kamala Harris Surges to Second Spot Among Democratic Presidential Aspirants

Campaign Recap: Biden Down in New Poll, Buttigieg Shows Funding Increase

Twenty-one per cent of all Democrats and independents said they did not know yet which candidate they would support.

Even though the Democratic voters consider Kamala Harris as the best candidate to handle race relations, she needs to gain supporters through her policies on healthcare, economy and climate crisis. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has the best chance of winning the general election. This is the first time that Harris has ever polled over 8 percent.

Sen. Kamala Harris has catapulted into a virtual tie with Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination following her widely praised debate performance last week, a new national poll released Tuesday showed.

Several other candidates were at one percent, including former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

In a separate show-of-hands question, all but one candidate raised their hands when asked-if elected-if they would decriminalize illegal border crossings. According to the poll, four out of 10 respondents indicated they thought he did worse during the debate than expected.

That left the one-time DE senator just 5 points above Harris, who had a combative exchange with Biden during last week's debate in Miami.

Twenty percent of Democrats surveyed in a Quinnipiac poll published on Tuesday said they backed Harris, a former California attorney general who aims to be the first black female USA president.

Among people who didn't watch and heard little to nothing about the debates, Mr. Biden led with 25% support, followed by Mr. Sanders at 20% and Ms. Warren at 15%.

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who if elected would be the first openly gay U.S. president, received four percent, down from eight percent in the June 11 Quinnipiac poll. But the poll notably breaks down support both among those who watched last week's debates and those who didn't.

Not every candidate had this kind of disparity between groups, as ABC News notes there's no significant difference in Biden's polling between watchers and non-watchers.

It found that Harris only received about five percent support among those who didn't watch.

Biden raised $6.3 million in the first 24 hours of his 2020 presidential campaign.

During the second night of the debate, Biden was forced to defend his record on desegregation in the 1970s during a tense exchangewith Harris, the only black candidate on the stage that night.



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