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Sen. Harris' Memoir a Precursor to Presidential Campaign

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Monday, 07 January 2019 12:35 PM

The publication of Sen. Kamala Harris', D-Calif., new memoir, "The Truths We Hold," on Tuesday and her embarking on a book tour in advance of an expected presidential announcement this month gives an opportunity for insight into her message and chances at success, CNN reported Monday.

In the Senate, Harris has staunchly challenged President Donald Trump's immigration policies, calling on Americans to stay true "to who we say we are as a country," and the beginning stages of her presidential campaign already are taking shape.

In early national polls on the most popular potential Democratic candidates for the White House, Harris has generally placed in the middle of the field, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as well as being overtaken by Beto O'Rourke as the freshest face in the Democratic field.

She also is overshadowed on the national stage by better-known progressives like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

However, as California's junior senator, she has quietly amassed a large list of supporters online that could be utilized as an early donor base.

And her direct and unsparing questioning of Brett Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court hearings helped gain her support among many Democratic women.

Another potential advantage for Harris is her mixed-race heritage and being the daughter of civil rights activists, which could give her an important edge among the powerful African American constituency within the Democratic primary electorate.

"If a candidate is able to consolidate the African-American vote, it will be a huge advantage," Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager in 2016, told CNN. "Southeastern states are so heavily concentrated in March, and African-Americans have such a critical share of that vote that every primary night could produce wins."

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The publication of Sen. Kamala Harris', D-Calif., new memoir, "The Truths We Hold," on Tuesday gives an opportunity for insight into her message and chances at success, according to CNN.
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