Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa

Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE (D-Calif.) is revamping her campaign's presence in Iowa amid a number of state and national polls showing her trailing in the crowded Democratic primary field. 

Harris's campaign manager Juan Rodriguez told reporters in a call on Thursday that the campaign plans to double its ground operation in the state, increasing its staff from 65 to roughly 120. 


Rodriguez said the campaign is aiming for a "strong top-three finish" in Iowa in order to give them a running start in other early contest states like New Hampshire. 

The campaign also sent a memo to supporters on Thursday, laying out Harris's "path ahead" in the campaign. The memo said the campaign would add 60 more organizers in Iowa, as well as open 10 additional offices in the state. 

Harris, who saw a surge in the polls and fundraising after the first debate in June, has since faded in a series of polls. 

Harris grabbed a lot of attention after attacking front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE's previous stance on busing to desegregate schools. But the senator's campaign labeled Harris's post-debate bump after her exchange with the former vice president a "sugar high" during the call. 

“There is a lot of speed-dating that’s still happening among these voters,” Rodriguez told reporters. 

A poll conducted by the Democratic group Focus on Rural America showed Harris trailing a number of 2020 hopefuls, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWicker: Biden comments on Ukraine caused 'distress' for both parties Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Hillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill MORE (D-Minn.).

An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll this week showed Harris’s support at 5 percent, down 8 points from the last survey conducted in July. 

A tally conducted by FiveThirtyEight showed Harris spending considerably less time in the Hawkeye State than other candidates, including Biden. 

The campaign's communications director, Lily Adams, said to expect to see Harris in the Hawkeye State every week.

“We’re planning to hit the gas here in October,” she said.