The number of Democratic primary voters who pick Kamala Harris as their first choice for president doubled after the first Democratic debates, vaulting the California senator into a third-place tie in a new poll.
The latest Morning Consult survey found Harris increased her standing to 12% in the poll, which was taken after the debate ended through Friday, up 6 points over the last week. Harris’ upswing came after she confronted Joe Biden over his history opposing school busing for desegregation, a dramatic moment that dominated news coverage afterward.
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Harris hadn’t moved much since entering the race on Martin Luther King Jr. Day — while two rival Democrats, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren passed Harris. After the debate, Harris pulled ahead of Buttigieg and into a tie with Warren.
Harris’ surge, which also netted her more than $2.5 million in donations as the second-quarter deadline approaches, came largely at Biden’s expense, the poll found. The former vice president, who maintains a large lead over the field at 33%, took the biggest post-debate hit, dropping 5 points after the Miami exchange over race and busing to end desegregation.
Sen. Bernie Sanders held steady in second at 19%, but the poll found he was the only major candidate to see a measurable drop in his favorability, which fell 7 points, to 67%, since the last Morning Consult survey.