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 HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE, according to a recent CBS poll that was released over the weekend. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) tops the field in the state with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) trailing behind.

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