Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau

Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Poll: Majority of voters name TV as primary news source Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president 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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE (I-Vt.) won the support of National Nurses United and United Teachers Los Angeles while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE earlier this year snagged the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.