3 things we learned from Harris’s short-lived presidential campaign

3 things we learned from Harris’s short-lived presidential campaign , Sen. Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Tuesday,

Becoming the most high-profile Democrat to exit the contest to date. After peaking in July, when, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, she was in second place among the contenders for the nomination, Harris began a steady decline. By this week she had fallen to sixth place,

Behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Although Harris was initially regarded as a top-tier candidate, her swift exit from the race months before the first ballots were cast has invited speculation about what went wrong. Three factors stand out as contributing to her failed presidential bid.

When she kicked off her presidential campaign on Jan. 28, Harris was well aware that her background as a district attorney and California state attorney general would be a liability in a Democratic primary.Attempting to flip this issue on its head,

She unveiled a campaign slogan with a clever play on the phrase with which prosecutors begin their presentations in court. “I knew that our criminal justice system was deeply flawed,

I knew I wanted to protect people,” Harris told the crowd in her first campaign speech. Harris’s record in law enforcement might have served her well in the general election, appealing to centrist Democrats, independents and even some law-and-order Republicans. For progressives, however,

Making waves at a presidential debate is one of the only ways to leave an impression with voters in a crowded field of candidates. But efforts to steal the spotlight can also cause long-term damage. That was illustrated by the response to Harris’s attack on Biden during the June .

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