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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Good Launch for Kamala Harris

In Defying the Odds, we discuss the early stages of the 2016 campaign, when many candidates were unknowns.  We are now in the early stages of the 2020 race.

Tal Axelrod at The Hill:
Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) town hall Monday night on CNN got the network its highest ratings ever for such an event with an individual election candidate, according to the network.

“In total viewers, the Town Hall averaged 1.957 million, a +75% advantage over CNN's prior four (1.119 million)," CNN said in a statement.

Harris’s presidential campaign was quick to tout the ratings on Twitter.
The California Democrat is hoping to capitalize on high early fundraising numbers and enthusiasm from the base before the Democratic primary field, which already includes a handful of other high-profile candidates, gets even more crowded.
It was reported last week that the Harris campaign raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the 24 hours since she announced her candidacy for president. She also held a highly publicized rally Sunday to officially kick off her presidential bid.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who might have competed for California money and volunteers, announced yesterday that he is not running.