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Senator Kamala Harris is reportedly leaning toward endorsing Joe Biden for the presidency - a move that could boost the former vice president’s campaign while positioning the California Democrat as his future running mate.
Harris, who quit the presidential race in December after her campaign faltered due to lack of funds, is said to be mulling an announcement soon, multiple Democratic operatives familiar with her thinking told The New York Times.
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Any endorsement by the senator from California would have to wait until after the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, according to officials.
But Harris and Biden have kept in close contact since she left the race in early December, the Times reported.
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‘Senator Harris remains focused on the ongoing impeachment trial of President Trump,’ said Chris Harris, a spokesperson for the senator.
Harris is likely floating the notion publicly of endorsing Biden as a sort of trial balloon to test how her supporters - who are generally considered more liberal than Biden - would react.
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The senator is mindful that backing Biden could spark a backlash among her supporters, particularly at a time when two women - Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren - are still in the Democratic race.
Biden remains the frontrunner in national polls, but Senator Bernie Sanders is mounting a considerable challenge.
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The independent from Vermont is leading in several states, and his campaign is enjoying a great deal of momentum, according to the latest surveys.
Warren, meanwhile, has faltered in recent weeks after she appeared to be a threat to possibly overtake Biden.
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While Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, has qualified for every debate, she...
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