Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) – who falsely claims to be an African American while coming from a Jamaican-born father and Indian mother whose ancestry does not trace back to African slavery – has fallen from her self-proclaimed “top-tier” candidate status to the bottom of the 20-Democratic presidential primary candidate bucket, dropping to just 1 percent of support from black Democrats.
The former California attorney general quickly climbed to frontrunner status after taking what many called a cheap shot at former Vice President Joe Biden in the first debate – implying his racist motivation for not supporting school busing, of which she was part decades ago as a child – but she has now fallen to a new low after getting a taste of her own medicine dished out by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in the second debate last week, when she called out Harris’ spotty record on criminal justice.
Fall from glory
Harris’ desperate attempt to pander to the minority vote by claiming victimization – claiming during one debate to be the only candidate representing minorities on stage – has ended up pulling in abysmal results from the African American community, who weren’t impressed when she played the race card … as demonstrated by a new Quinnipiac Poll conducted from August 1–5 on 807 Democrats and swing voters leaning Democrat.
“Biden gets 47 percent of black Democrats, with 16 percent for Sanders, 8 percent for Warren, [2 percent for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and 1 percent for Harris,” a new Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday revealed.
After being taken to the woodshed last week, Harris now has the same support from black Democrat primary voters (1 percent) as Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.), Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and businessman Andrew Yang.
Today, Harris in in jeopardy of falling from her so-called “top-tier” status.
“Biden retains his frontrunner status with 32 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, [and] Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 21 percent among Democrats, with 14 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and 7 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris.” the report from the Quinnipiac University National Poll reads.
These numbers are a stark contrast to what Harris was enjoying a month ago after delivering her jab on Biden.
“Compare Harris’s recent polling numbers to Quinnipiac’s same poll from a month ago, where she stood at 27 percent among black Democrats – putting her in second place to Biden with black primary voters,” Breitbart News recalled. “In that poll a month ago, Harris was polling at second place with 20 percent after Biden and ahead of other leading contenders like Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg.”
Even just a week ago, Harris stood on much higher ground in the eyes of all Democrats.
“[Harris’ drop to 7 percent among all Democrats] compares to results of a July 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll, showing Biden with 34 percent, Warren with 15 percent, Harris with 12 percent and Sanders with 11 percent,” Quinnipiac pollsters noted.
Holding onto a flash of glory?
When asked about Gabbard’s attack that blindsided Harris on her record as a prosecutor – much like the senator’s busing jab that caught Biden off guard – the California attorney pridefully responded that prime candidates such as herself expected those kinds of attacks.
“This is going to sound immodest, but I’m obviously a top-tier candidate, and so, I did expect that I would be on the stage and take hits tonight because there are a lot of people that are trying to make the stage for the next debate,” Harris said in an interview after last week’s debate in Detroit, as tweeted by CNN Politics. “I'm prepared to move on.”
Regardless, Harris’ performance last week and polling numbers were anything but stellar, and even though pollsters reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) – dubbed “Faux-cohontas” by critics debunking her claim to be American Indian – was the big winner in the second round of debates, while Biden still retains a healthy lead over the field.
Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy summed up last week’s debate in one sentence:
"Biden survives, Warren thrives and Harris dives as debate number two shakes up the primary," Malloy concluded from his poll’s results.
The California lawyers’ descent began after her inconsistent record on marijuana and criminals was exposed.
“[Harris] supported jailing marijuana-smokers and keeping inmates in prison to provide cheaper labor for state projects,” Breitbart’s John Binder recounted. “This month, Gabbard slammed Harris for resorting to ‘cheap smears’ against her anti-war record and accused her of perpetuating an ‘unfair, unjust’ criminal justice system in California.”
As noted above, Gabbert did not reserve her hits on Harris for just the debate stage.
“It’s pathetic that when confronted with the facts and the truth about her record that she claims to be proud of as a prosecutor and as attorney general of California, all she can do is lob cheap smears,” Gabbert expressed, according to Breitbart. “The American people deserve better than this, especially when her whole campaign is predicated on being a champion for the people … this is all a lie, because when she was in a position to do something about it – when she was in a position to make a difference and truly be a champion for the people – she furthered and perpetuated this unfair, unjust system that harmed many black and brown people in the state of California.”
Testing the waters before 2020
Some other statistics to note and takeaways from the poll heading into the election year were also presented.
Warren’s clearly communicated messaging on issues has helped her gain some ground on Democratic presidential frontrunner, Biden, who is considered by most as being anything but articulate – but rather as fumbling – in his communication skills. Amongst some demographic groups – including women and ultra-leftists – Warren is on the upsurge.
“Women Democrats go 31 percent for Biden, 24 percent for Warren, 10 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris,” Quinnipiac divulged. “Very liberal Democrats go 40 percent for Warren, 20 percent for Sanders, 19 percent for Biden and 7 percent for Harris; [while] somewhat liberal Democrats go 28 percent for Biden, 20 percent for Warren, 14 percent for Sanders and 10 percent for Harris.
Democrats standing on the fence and leaning right choose Biden as their man.
“Moderate/conservative Democrats go 43 percent for Biden, 11 percent for Warren, 9 percent for Sanders, and 4 percent each for Harris and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg,” the poll indicated. “Buttigieg gets 5 percent and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke have 2 percent each. There are 4 candidates with 1 percent each and 14 candidates at less than 1 percent each.”
Warren’s and Biden’s emergence to the top and Harris’ descent were noted, as well as a prediction as to what’s to come.
"Sen. Elizabeth Warren's policy-heavy presentation and former Vice President Joseph Biden's ability to handle the heat from all corners put them on top," Malloy asserted. "Sen. Kamala Harris – whose 20 percent score put her neck-and-neck with Biden in a Quinnipiac University poll July 2 after the first debate – is now a distant fourth with 7 percent. Take a snapshot now, because for most of the contenders registering one percentage point or less, there will likely be no debate number three."
Participants in the survey also revealed to whom they give their greatest vote of confidence regarding a number of areas.
“Biden would be the best leader, 33 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners say, with 22 percent for Warren, 13 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris,” Quinnipiac pollsters relayed. “Warren has the best policy ideas, 32 percent of Democrats say, with 17 percent for Biden, 16 percent for Sanders and 5 percent each for Harris and Buttigieg. Biden has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election, 49 percent of Democrats say, with 12 percent for Sanders, 9 percent for Warren and 6 percent for Harris.”
By a narrow margin, leftists prefer someone to represent the blue ticket heading into November 2020 who will score them a win against President Donald Trump or another Republican nominee – over someone with whom they agree on most policy issues.
“While 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners prefer a presidential candidate who is ‘most electable,’ 46 percent prefer a candidate who most shares their views on issues,” the report added.
In addition to their take on candidates moving forward in the race, those surveyed also summed up the winning and losing performances from last week’s debate.
“A total of 81 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners watched or listened to all or most of the two-night Democratic presidential debate or paid close attention to media stories about the debate, [and] of that group, 28 percent say Warren did the ‘best job; in the debate, with 15 percent for Biden, 8 percent for Sanders and 8 percent for Harris,” Quinnipiac pollsters informed. “Of that same group, 9 percent say Biden and another 9 percent say self-help advisor Marianne Williamson did the ‘worst job,’ with 7 percent for Harris and 6 percent each for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney.”