Veteran political journalist warns Harris's lack of presence in New Hampshire could be an issue

A veteran journalist based in New Hampshire said Monday Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisStates respond with force amid another night of protests Protesters knock down White House security barricades as tensions mount over Floyd's death The Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil MORE (D-Calif.) hasn’t visited the Granite State as much as her fellow Democratic presidential contenders, and warned that this could hurt her in the early primary state.

“She hasn’t been here a lot and that’s kind of a touchy issue for her,” Paul Steinhauser told Hill.TV, referring to Harris. “I asked her about that again right after her convention speech and she once again vowed, ‘I’m going to be here a lot,’ but she’s been saying that all year.”

“She hasn’t made the number of visits that the other top contenders have made and that could be an issue for her when people get to vote here in the New Hampshire primary,” he added.

Steinhauser’s comments come after the Harris's campaign in New Hampshire accidentally leaked an internal memo, which seemingly acknowledged that her campaign had faced a “summer slump” in the state.

According to a report by Politico, the memo also included talking points to respond to questions about her lack of presence there.

“You haven’t traveled to New Hampshire as frequently as some of your Democratic rivals,” Politico reports the "Briefing and Talking Points" memo read. “Is the state a priority for your campaign?"

A campaign spokesperson later downplayed the leaked document, saying it was from a “run-of-the-mill” event briefing.

Harris is in fifth place in New Hampshire with 7 percent support behind South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE, according to a recent CBS poll that was released over the weekend. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE (D-Mass.) tops the field in the state with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE (I-Vt.) trailing behind.

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