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 HarrisTwo former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates 2020 Dems honor Emily Clyburn 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.

Reps. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of 'racists who taunt me' MORE (D-Fla.) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday became the fifth and sixth members of the CBC to endorse Harris, who is black. 

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Harris has been competing with fellow Democratic contender Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Two former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates 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 BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report 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.