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 HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates 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 WilsonDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley to boycott State of the Union MORE (D-Fla.) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime 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 BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter 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 BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race 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.