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 GallegoHispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - As virus concerns grow, can it get worse for Trump? MORE (D-Ariz.) threw his support behind Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion 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 commutes Roger Stone's sentence Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok House Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' 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 SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations 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.