Harris fundraises off expected Sessions Senate run

Harris fundraises off expected Sessions Senate run
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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 using former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions GOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs 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 MooreDoug Jones says he will not support Supreme Court nominee before election Roy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions Vulnerable Senate Democrat urges unity: 'Not about what side of the aisle we're on' 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 McConnellTrump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary Supreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Harris on SCOTUS fight: Ginsburg's legacy 'at stake' 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.