Harris sends fundraising email for South Carolina Democratic Party

Harris sends fundraising email for South Carolina Democratic Party
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White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Calif.) sent out a fundraising email for the South Carolina Democratic Party on Tuesday as she tries to gin up establishment support in a crucial primary state.

Harris, who spoke before the party last month, wrote in the email that while 2020’s main attraction will be the presidential race, local elections still hold weight, citing Republican-led efforts in the Palmetto State such as restricting abortion and maintaining loose gun control laws.

“We’re all focused on getting a new president, and (trust me) I know it’s important, but if we don’t empower and support our local parties, many solutions will remain out of reach for South Carolina’s working families,” Harris wrote. “The South Carolina Democratic Party needs your help to elect candidates that reflect our values.”

Jerusalem Demsas, the Harris campaign’s South Carolina communications director, tweeted out the email along with a link to donate directly to the party. 

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The email and the campaign’s efforts to amplify it underline the centrality of South Carolina to Harris’s path to the Democratic presidential nomination. Harris, one of three African American candidates in the primary race, is hoping to post a strong showing in an early state where black voters make up roughly 60 percent of the primary electorate. 

She is locked in a battle with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-N.J.), the other major black candidate in the race, to boost support among African American voters, though she has consistently lagged behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE among the demographic. 

However, the California Democrat has expressed confidence that as she campaigns, she could take a bite out of the support for Biden, who has worked to capitalize on his connection to former President Obama. 

“I’m still meeting a lot of people. Vice President Biden has obviously, I think, run for president three times, he was vice president for two terms under a very popular president, President Obama. So he’s well known, and I am still in the process of introducing my work and my plan to voters across the country, and I intend to work very hard to earn the vote and the support of everyone,” she said after last month’s primary debate.

Presidential candidates this cycle have been known to use their email lists to raise funds for advocacy groups and Senate and House candidates, including Planned Parenthood and Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.).