Newswire: End of Kamala Harris’ White House campaign, ignites discussion on her treatment

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor

Senator Kamala Harris

On December 3, Senator Kamala Harris of California suspended her campaign for the White House. Harris’ decision was announced by video after four straight weeks of negative media coverage regarding her campaign organization and strategy.
Harris’s campaign started with a bang and a ton of media attention. She announced her run for the presidency on January 27 to a crowd of over 20,000 in Oakland, Calif. But after a dynamic and promising start, Harris’ campaign struggled with a consistent message and then low poll numbers. Some political observers theorized that the entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden in the race hurt Harris’ campaign.
Many also noted that Harris was treated differently and more harshly than other candidates running for The White House in 2020.
“I really appreciated getting the opportunity to draw attention to the manufactured disinformation campaign against #KamalaHarris. Many articles will write about the gossip yet won’t acknowledge the tragically effective suppression campaign against her,” wrote Reecie Colbert who focuses on the views and politics impacting African American women.
“A lot of people won’t realize the depth of this tragedy for a while – or ever. But this was what we needed. The best person for the job to vanquish Trump and get our country on track. Too much focus on disinformation and polls instead of what’s right for America,” wrote Reginald Hudlin about Harris on twitter.
“Sen. Kamala Harris, a proud graduate of Howard University, and a fearless advocate for equal justice under the law has decided to suspend her 2020 presidential campaign. Something tells me we will hear more from her in the future. Thank you Senator Harris for your courage and tenacity,” observed Donna Brazile.
“Thank you Kamala Harris for running a spirited and issue-oriented campaign. I look forward to working with you to defeat the most dangerous president in history and ending the hatred and divisiveness that he has created,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Harris was on the only African American women running for the White House in 2020. She was the second African American woman, the first since Shirley Chisholm’s historic run in 1972, to run for The White House as a major party candidate in 47 years.
Rumors are already circulating that Harris may be selected as a running mate or for a cabinet position at a later date.
“To all the candidates, staff, and volunteers who have worked their hearts out for presidential campaigns that have ended—remember that fighting for what you believe in is always worth it,” wrote former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on December 3, hours after Harris announced she was ending her campaign.

Newswire : Stacey Abrams wins Democratic Primary for Georgia Governor

If elected, the former party leader in the state legislature would be the nation’s first Black female governor.

By Daniel Marans, Huffington Post

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Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia on Tuesday, delivering a victory for the national liberal groups and elected officials who backed her historic bid.
If elected in November, the 44-year-old Abrams would be Georgia’s first woman governor and the nation’s first black woman at the helm of a state. She previously served 10 years in the Georgia House, and for much of that time was her party’s leader in the chamber.
Her primary win reflects the increasingly diverse makeup of the state’s Democratic voters, as well as the party’s turn toward a more base-centric strategy.
The landmark nature of her candidacy attracted a surge of national attention and resources that helped her clinch the nomination, according to Kerwin Swint, a Georgia politics expert at Kennesaw State University.
Her nomination “energizes the Democratic Party in Georgia to a large degree,” Swint said.
Abrams defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans, 40, who ran as a champion of the HOPE scholarship ― a greatly-diminished free public college program from which she benefited.
In the general election, Abrams will face either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Cagle and Kemp were the top two vote-getters, but neither won an outright majority, so they proceed to a July 24 runoff. to the Politics administration impact you?
A key premise of Abrams’ bid is that in Georgia the Democratic Party no longer needs to cater to moderate white “swing” voters in the state’s suburban and rural areas who have increasingly migrated to the GOP since the 1990s.
It’s a strategy promoted by Californian Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, which argues that Democrats can win with the help of a “new American majority” ― progressive whites, Latinos, Asian Americans and black voters, especially black women.
Seeing a prime opportunity to vindicate his theory, Phillips, whose wife Susan Sandler is heir to a mortgage banking fortune, has boosted Abrams’ bid both with his checkbook and his platform. PowerPAC Georgia, which is associated with Phillips’ nonprofit Democracy in Color, spent $1.5 million on Abrams’ behalf.
That money supplemented Abrams’ own considerable campaign haul of $3 million.
Abrams also benefited from an all-out bombardment of support from major progressive groups, including Democracy for America, the Working Families Party, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List.Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) campaigned for her on the stump, and both Hillary Clinton and her 2016 presidential primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), endorsed Abrams’ bid.
Abrams also enjoyed the support of nearly every labor union in Georgia, three of its four Democratic U.S. House members and almost every civil rights leader in the state.
She has run on protecting voting rights, expanding Medicaid using Affordable Care Act funds, raising the minimum wage, eliminating cash bail and allocating more needs-based college aid, among other liberal priorities.
But Abrams will need all the help she can get in a state that has not elected a Democrat as governor since 1998. And Republicans do not lack for ammunition to use against her.
For example, they are likely to seize on Abrams having more than $200,000 in personal debt, including $50,000 in back taxes owed to the IRS.
“Georgia is turning purple but it is still a red state and I think she would do very poorly outside metro Atlanta,” Swint said.
“It really depends on how big the blue wave is this year,” he added. “If it’s a tidal wave it could help her chances. If it’s a ripple, probably not.”