Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau

Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.) won a major endorsement from a key union group Saturday as her presidential campaign works to break out of a months-long plateau in the polls. 

Harris received the endorsement of the United Farm Workers (UFW), a California-based group that was established by liberal icons Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, among others, and has longstanding ties to progressive politics. The union represents more than 10,000 agricultural workers across the West Coast. 

“She stood with us on heat protections. She marched with us for overtime protections. We support @KamalaHarris because of her leadership on immigrant justice and her fight for our equal treatment as farm workers. #WeFeedYou,” UFW tweeted in its announcement. 

The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report on the endorsement.

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UFW President Teresa Romero told the Chronicle that the union’s executive board and leadership voted “overwhelmingly” to endorse Harris and that they were “inspired by her vision of a just and inclusive America, her personal story and the confidence and strength she has shown in the face of attacks from Donald Trump.” 

“Humbled to earn the endorsement of the @UFWupdates. These working families are the lifeblood of our economy and communities, and this union has long been on the frontlines in the fight for justice,” Harris tweeted. 

The endorsement could be a shot in the arm for Harris, whose campaign has stumbled in recent months after a successful launch earlier this year. The California senator has been stuck in the middle tier of national and early state polls and reports have risen of staff frustration over the lack of a strategy to resurge in the primary field.

Democratic presidential candidates have put a premium on support from labor groups as the party works to win back working-class voters who traditionally vote for Democrats but flipped to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada MORE (I-Vt.) won the support of National Nurses United and United Teachers Los Angeles while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE earlier this year snagged the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.