Harris picks up endorsement from influential lawmaker as support slips

Harris picks up endorsement from influential lawmaker as support slips
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Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben Gallego2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft Harris picks up endorsement from influential lawmaker as support slips Democratic lawmaker: Russia, China benefitting from continued US troop presence in Afghanistan MORE (D-Ariz.) threw his support behind Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwo former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates 2020 Dems honor Emily Clyburn MORE's Democratic presidential bid on Thursday, in a move that could help the California senator gain momentum as she slips in the polls. 

Harris's campaign also announced that Gallego, who is a veteran and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, would serve as the campaign's national security chairman. 

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“At a time when we are one tweet away from war, Kamala has demonstrated she has the tenacity, toughness, and judgment to restore American global leadership," Gallego said in a statement.

"Her bold plans to provide health care for all and citizenship for Dreamers shows that she’ll be a problem-solving president, and her track record of fighting for immigrants, consumers, veterans, and victims shows us that she truly does work for the people," he continued. 

Gallego, who also sits on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will likely also help Harris target Latino voters in Arizona, which is slated to play a crucial role in 2020. 

The congressman is the latest in a slew of lawmakers to endorse Harris. The senator is only second to former Vice President 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 in endorsements, according to FiveThirtyEight.

However, Harris's support has dwindled in a number of recent polls. 

A CNN poll released Wednesday, for example, showed Harris with 8 percent support, trailing Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE (D-Mass.) in the 2020 field. 

Harris saw a surge this summer after a standout performance in the first round of Democratic debates, with a CNN poll finding her with 17 percent support in July.

She will be among 10 candidates taking the stage in Houston on Thursday evening for the party's next 2020 presidential debate.