Harris picks up endorsements of 2 Congressional Black Caucus members

Harris picks up endorsements of 2 Congressional Black Caucus members
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris endorses Christy Smith in bid to fill Katie Hill's seat Poll: Biden holds 11-point lead over Warren in Arizona Poll: Biden and Warren are neck and neck in California MORE (D-Calif.) picked up endorsements from two Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members on Sunday following a strong performance in the first Democratic presidential debate late last week.

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Harris has been competing with fellow Democratic contender Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKrystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate 2020 Democrats seek investigation into 'toxic culture' at NBC ahead of debate MORE (D-N.J.) for endorsements from members of the powerful group.

African American voters are a key constituency in the Democratic Party, and securing the support of black lawmakers would give a significant boost to either campaign.

Harris has seen her stock in the Democratic primary rise significantly since her debate performance in Miami.

The California lawmaker came out a big winner in polling and fundraising following what many considered a standout debate performance. 

Harris's breakout moment came in a heated back-and-forth with Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE during which she criticized the former vice president's opposition to federally mandated busing to desegregate schools. 

"There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day," Harris said to Biden. "That little girl was me."

Biden called Harris's criticism a "mischaracterization" of his views and said his issue was with the Department of Education administering busing policies. 

— Scott Wong contributed to this report.