Harris on the African American vote: I 'have to earn the support'

Harris on the African American vote: I 'have to earn the support'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE (D-Calif.) acknowledged Tuesday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" that she has to "earn the support" of black voters.

"Everyone has to earn the vote of every person," she told Mitchell.

"I have never and never would take for granted that because of my gender or my race, that people will naturally come to me." she added. "You have to earn the support."


Harris is one of three Black lawmakers in the Democratic primary race, with Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickBiden faces pressure to take action on racial justice issues Biden selects Susan Rice to lead Domestic Policy Council, McDonough for Veterans Affairs Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment MORE.

According to RealClearPolitic's average of polls, Harris is polling at 4 percent better than Booker and Patrick. However, Harris has struggled to gain traction with black voters around the country.

In a recent Economist/YouGoV national poll, 21 percent of black voters thought of Harris as "highly favorable," which was behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE (35 percent) and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) (32 percent) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE (I-Vt.) (30 percent).

Forty-seven percent of black voters said Biden was their first choice and 12 percent said both Warren and Sanders. Only 4 percent said Harris.