Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa

Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee Compromise, yes — but how? A pre-debate suggestion Biden must clarify his stance on energy for swing voters 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 BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee 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 ButtigiegCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight 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.