Kamala Harris was highest-rated single candidate town hall ever on CNN

Kamala Harris was highest-rated single candidate town hall ever on CNN
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE’s (D-Calif.) town hall Monday night on CNN got the network its highest ratings ever for such an event with an individual election candidate, according to the network.

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“In total viewers, the Town Hall averaged 1.957 million, a +75% advantage over CNN's prior four (1.119 million)," CNN said in a statement. 

Harris’s presidential campaign was quick to tout the ratings on Twitter.

The California Democrat is hoping to capitalize on high early fundraising numbers and enthusiasm from the base before the Democratic primary field, which already includes a handful of other high-profile candidates, gets even more crowded.

It was reported last week that the Harris campaign raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the 24 hours since she announced her candidacy for president. She also held a highly publicized rally Sunday to officially kick off her presidential bid.

With the increased attention, recent polling has shown Harris moving up in the primary race among possible contenders such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE, Sen Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Progressives soaring after big primary night MORE (D-N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii) and others have either declared their candidacy or suggested they intend to run in 2020.

Harris is expected to be one of as many as 30 candidates in the Democratic field, many of whom will try to angle their appeals to the progressive wing of the party.