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 GallegoStage production 'Americano!' tells the life and struggles of a 'Dreamer' Democratic lawmaker says Trump 'doesn't have full command' on Iran Democratic Congressman: Why Progressives have been pushing for War Powers resolution for months MORE (D-Ariz.) threw his support behind Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? 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 BidenTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir 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 SandersPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint 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.