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Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign is laying off dozens of staff members as she seeks to inject new life into her presidential bid, which is struggling in the polls and facing money problems as she goes all-in in Iowa.
The California senator, who had a breakout moment in the first presidential debate and hoped to capitalize on an advantage in the Golden State, now finds herself paring down her team and seeking to reconfigure a smaller-scale effort focused on the first caucus state.
Beginning - Campaign - Kamala - Harris - Team
'From the beginning of this campaign, Kamala Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. This requires us to make difficult strategic decisions and make clear priorities, not threaten to drop out or deploy gimmicks,' wrote her campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, in a memo explaining the changes, Politico reported.
He noted the 'incredibly competitive resource environment,' she faces.
Gambits - Rivals - Sen - Cory - Booker
He may have been referencing gambits by rivals Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing Secretary Joaqin Castro, who said they'd quit if they couldn't meet an online fundraising goal.
Harris is running at just 3 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average, which, as the Republican National Committee notes in an email trumpeting the bad news, puts her about on par with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Harris - Background - Prosecutor - Card - Trump
Harris has tried to use her background as a prosecutor as a calling card to attack Trump during the impeachment battle. She told 'Late Show' host Seth Meyer's Monday night:...
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