The Herald reports:
Sen. Kamala Harris ended her bid for the White House unable to rally significant support from the voting blocs her campaign and many political watchers thought would play a major role in sending her to the Oval Office: black voters and women.
The California Democrat’s campaign was loaded with historical symbolism from its earliest moment. The first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from California announced her pursuit of the Oval Office on the birthday of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. And she regularly paid homage to late congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., the first black woman to seek a major party’s presidential nomination, during her campaign, reports The Washington Post.
But the biracial lawmaker with an unfamiliar name who some believed was best situated to carry on the Obama legacy was never able to persuade large swaths of those who backed the former president to support her.
Despite having viral, breakout moments during the Senate’s investigation of Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election, Harris remained largely unknown to many Americans before launching her campaign – including some among the demographic group some believed would propel her into the upper tier of the campaign.
Her campaign was a reminder that being well-known in Washington and political circles is not the same thing as having national recognition.
The last Senator before Obama to be elected President was JFK in 1960 – 59 years ago.
The current prediction market rates for the Democratic nomination are:
- Biden 28%
- Buttigieg 21%
- Warren 18%
- Sanders 17%
- Bloomberg 11%