Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge

Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Obama reveals his summer playlist Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows MORE (D-Calif.) won the endorsement Thursday of Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHarris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge The Hill's Morning Report — DOJ's planned executions stir new debate Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Ohio), a former chairwoman of the influential Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

“I am supporting Kamala Harris, she is an excellent candidate,” Fudge announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think there is no one better to make the case against 45 than Kamala Harris. 

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“I do think she is a person that has the kind of energy, and she’s a new, fresh face. She’s someone [who] when people meet her, people like her.” 

Fudge, who has strong ties to both progressives in the House and members of the Democratic Party's establishment, gained increased prominence last year after floating a challenge to Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE for the Speakership.

She is the tenth CBC member and second former chairperson to endorse Harris, the senator's campaign said in a press release. 

“I’m excited to have Marcia’s support in this race,” Harris said. “She is a national leader in the fight for the needs of America’s working families including access to quality public education, health care and good-paying jobs. She is a trailblazer and I’m proud she stands with me as we fight to restore truth and justice in America and for bold solutions to the issues that keep Americans up at night.”

Harris and 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 African American Democrat running for president, are jockeying for support from the CBC to help boost their White House bids and increase their support among black voters.

Both have trailed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenScaramucci attends charity event featuring Biden in the Hamptons Klobuchar knocks Trump: 'This negotiating by tweet hasn't been working' Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE in polling of black voters, as Biden continues to draw from a deep well of support built over decades in Washington and from his close ties to former President Obama.

Harris’s campaign enjoyed a surge of support after the first primary debate in June after the California Democrat hammered Biden on his past opposition to federally mandated busing and comments regarding his ability to cooperate with segregationist senators while in Congress. However, she’s seen her polling numbers plateau in recent weeks, falling behind Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.). 

“Well, I think right now what you're seeing is that the people at the top, the top three, are people that everybody knows. And so I think that you're seeing a lot of name recognition right now,” Fudge said. 

“What Kamala needs to do is keep doing what she is doing. The more she meets people, the more they become engaged, the more they like her. And I think that after Labor Day or getting into the fall, people are going to start to pay more attention and she is going to start to get a bump. I can almost guarantee that that's going to happen.”