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'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

Posted On: Dec 10, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

Sen. Kamala Harris may have dropped out of the Democratic primary last week after skidding into a disappointing fifth-place spot, but that won't diminish the impact of her groundbreaking candidacy, Democratic campaign operatives said Tuesday. Speaking at a “Women Behind the 2020 Campaign” panel at POLITICO's Women Rule Summit in Washington, three high-ranking women of color serving on different 2020 campaigns opened up about what Harris' candidacy - which ended last week - meant for diversity in politics. Watching Harris, once a top-tier contender in the Democratic primary, end her campaign, was “hard to see,” said Alencia Johnson, national director of public engagement for the Warren campaign. “It is hard to see that this could be the greatest achievement for a black woman to accomplish.” Johnson gestured to the other women on stage, alluding to a group chat they were all in. “We literally all were like, ‘Today is really really hard.'” Johnson called Harris' withdrawal from the race a bittersweet reminder...

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