Campaign Collapse Coming? Key Donors Reportedly Unimpressed By Performance Of Kamala Harris In Last Debate

Kamala Harris got a slight bump in the polls after the first Democratic debate, but that faded within a matter of weeks.

Her poll numbers are sagging and she has been struggling to regain ground ever since.

She didn’t do herself any favors in the last debate this week either, and some of the donors she will need going forward may not give her financial support.

 

CNBC reports:

Kamala Harris’ debate performance fails to sway big-money donors

Sen. Kamala Harris’ debate performance on Thursday failed to impress many of her party’s big-money donors who were on the fence about her candidacy.

Going into the Democratic primary debate in Houston, Harris’ closest supporters privately acknowledged that if the senator from California did not come out swinging against her opponents and clearly define her policies, wealthy donors could shy away from her campaign.

Many of them were hoping for a repeat of the aggressive tactics she used in the first debate, when she took on former Vice President Joe Biden for his willingness to work with segregationists as a senator in the 1970s.

Now these sources say that those uncommitted contributors are still not convinced they can dedicate their expansive networks to her cause alone.

Harris has relied on contributors willing to give up to $2,800 — the maximum amount allowable by law — in order to finance her presidential run…

One source close to a political fundraising powerhouse in California, Harris’ home state and a region where she’s dominated in the fundraising game, said Friday that they had been having trouble persuading their donors to back her candidacy before the debate. The negative opinion didn’t change after the debate.

These folks are not alone in their estimation.

Professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog said she should have dropped out after the debate:

Kamala Harris’ campaign should have ended tonight at #DemDebate

The Democrat debates are the best thing that ever happened to Donald Trump.

Tonight’s debate in Houston was another example, a mostly sleepy affair in which the two leftist party leaders — Bernie and Warren — further cemented their primary policy of taking private insurance away from almost 150 million people. Some of the lesser contenders called them out on that, as did Biden.

Warren was not much of a presence. She and Bernie are mostly interchangeable at this point. That’s not good for her. Her answer to almost every question is big, evil corporations…

But my big takeaway is that someone’s campaign should have ended tonight. Kamala Harris. Her performance tonight was an embarrassment of canned one- and two-liners bashing Trump, and anecdotal stories about people she’s met.

If it’s true that important donors are backing away from Harris, she could end up dropping out sooner than later.


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