Harris fundraises off expected Sessions Senate run

Harris fundraises off expected Sessions Senate run
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau MORE (D-Calif.) is using former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement MORE’s expected Senate run to help fuel her sputtering bid for the White House.

Harris, who in a recent Iowa poll had just 4 percent support, sent a campaign email to voters Wednesday night asking for donations that would be split between her presidential campaign and Sen. Doug Jones’s (D-Ala.) campaign.

Jones won the seat formerly held by Sessions in a 2017 special election against Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race Campaign ad casts Sessions as a 'traitor' ahead of expected Senate run Doug Jones on potential challenge from Sessions: Alabama GOP primary will be 'really divisive' MORE.


Harris called Sessions the “extremist architect” of some of the Trump administration’s “most damaging actions," and noted her role as a member of the Judiciary Committee in pushing back on Sessions's confirmation. 

“I fought Jeff Sessions every step of the way, voting against his nomination for Attorney General and calling for his resignation when it became clear he lied under oath to protect the President,” Harris wrote to supporters. 

“And now that Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments MORE has recruited him to run for Senate in Alabama, I need your help in this fight to make sure he never returns to power,” she added. 

Sessions is expected to announce plans to run for his former Senate seat on Thursday, multiple sources told The Hill. The deadline to file for the Senate race is Friday. 

Several Republicans are already running for the seat, but Sessions has remained popular in Alabama despite his tense relationship with Trump. The primary is slated for March 3. 

Sessions would have about $2.5 million cash on hand as a candidate, according to campaign finance reports.