Harris raises $11.6 million in third quarter

Harris raises $11.6 million in third quarter
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMost in new poll say Biden running mate won't influence their vote Hillicon 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 MORE (D-Calif.) raised $11.6 million for her presidential bid in the third quarter, the campaign said in a statement on Tuesday.

That amount is in line with Harris’s fundraising from the prior two quarters — she raised $11.8 million in the second quarter and $12 million in the first quarter.

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The campaign says it has $10 million cash on hand and plans to double the number of organizers it has on the ground in Iowa and South Carolina, two key early primate states, in the weeks ahead.

“This is a campaign that is growing, expanding, and built to win this primary,” said campaign manager Juan Rodriguez.

“As we have spent the summer months strengthening our infrastructure, we enter this final stretch of 2019 with ample resources to execute a winning game plan. With hundreds of organizers and staff in the early states and Super Tuesday California, we are ready to harness the energy of our thousands of grassroots volunteers to phone bank, knock doors and turn out the vote for Kamala in these 2020 contests.”

The Harris campaign has reportedly undergone a shake-up in recent weeks, as the California senator has drifted downward in the polls.

Politico reported on Tuesday that Harris has elevated two senior staff members to share new responsibilities with Rodriguez, the campaign manager.

Rodriguez suggested in a statement that those plans were long in the works and not indicative of a campaign in need of a reset.

“We continue to grow our organization as we enter the fourth quarter, and it has always been the plan to bring on additional management to oversee an expanded staff," Rodriguez said.

"As we double our organizers in Iowa and South Carolina and expand our digital team, we're in a strong position to execute our plan and win the nomination," he continued.

Harris sprung into contention after attacking Biden over his record on racial busing at the first Democratic presidential debate in July.

However, she has stalled in the polls ever since, with some questioning her positions on key issues such as "Medicare for All."

Harris is in fifth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, at 4.6 percent support nationally.

The Harris campaign said Tuesday that its average donation was $34 and that it has received contributions from more than 850,000 individual donors this year.   

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Trump attacks Biden clean energy plan while announcing environmental rollback Car on fire near Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.) has so far raised the most money in the third quarter, although former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump Hillicon Valley: Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk, others compromised | U.S. announces sanctions on Huawei, citing human rights abuses | Pompeo 'confident' foreign adversaries will interfere in elections MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHow a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight Progressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey MORE (D-Mass.) have yet to announce their fundraising hauls.

Sanders's campaign said it had raised $25.3 million, while South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE brought in $19.1 million. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThis Tax Day, let's talk about why we need real tax reform The Hill's Coronavirus Report: California backtracks on reopening as cases soar nationwide; SoapBox CEO David Simnick says nimble firms can work around supply chain chokepoints to access supplies for sanitizers and hygienic materials In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE (D-N.J). posted a $6 million third quarter haul after a last-minute fundraising blitz.

Campaigns have until Oct. 15 to file their fundraising and spending reports with the Federal Election Commission, though many candidates are expected to release fundraising totals beforehand.