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Freshman Dem endorses Harris’s 2020 bid

Freshman Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillCalifornia was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Republican wins race to maintain California House seat after special election win Katie Hill to launch 'Naked Politics' podcast MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE’s 2020 presidential bid, becoming the third member of Congress to endorse the California Democrat’s campaign. 

“I am so thrilled to throw my support completely behind Sen. Harris,” Hill said in an appearance on MSNBC.

“She has been just an exceptional leader in the state of California, and I think she is exactly the kind of candidate that we need to show the right kind of vision that we should have for this country.”

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Hill entered Congress this month after defeating two-term Rep. Steve KnightStephen (Steve) Thomas KnightThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Pelosi touts T bill as Fauci stresses go-slow openings The Hill's Campaign Report: A Los Angeles House seat is in play for Republicans Democrats on edge over California special election nail-biter MORE (R-Calif.) in November’s midterms.

Her endorsement comes just one day after fellow California Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Mark Cuban asks voters to 'reconsider' donating to Georgia run-off elections MORE (D), an outspoken progressive and Trump opponent, announced his support for his home-state senator.

“Known Kamala for many years & worked together on various issues,” Lieu tweeted Monday. “She embraces the future, not the past, and is the person we need to move America forward.”

Harris was also endorsed by Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.).

"She is the tough, determined progressive we need right now to not only defeat Trump but mobilize a movement of people behind a big-hearted vision of change," Barragán tweeted.

Harris on Sunday officially launched her bid for the White House, kicking off her campaign in front of thousands of supporters in Oakland, Calif.

The California Democrat is seeking to capitalize on high early fundraising numbers and enthusiasm from the base before the Democratic primary field, which already includes a handful of other high-profile candidates, gets even more crowded.

It was reported last week that the Harris campaign raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the 24 hours following her announced candidacy. 

With the increased attention, recent polling has shown Harris moving up in the primary race among possible contenders which include former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). 

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill | Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on relief | Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' MORE (D-N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (D-Hawaii) and others have already either formally declared their candidacy or suggested they intend to run in 2020.