Updated Jul 1, 2019

Kamala Harris sees polling bump after taking on Joe Biden

Kamala Harris. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris received a significant bump in favorability following her debut on the debate stage last week, according to two polls conducted by Morning Consult and CNN.

Why it matters: Polls determine candidates' eligibility for the debate stage. For the second debates, candidates must have reached 1% in three DNC-approved polls to get a slot on either July 30 or 31.

The big picture: Most political commentators believe Harris had an all-around strong debate showing, but it was her now-viral challenge of former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to federally mandated busing in the 1970s that really set her apart. Harris raised more than $2 million from 63,000 donors in the 24 hours after the debate, with tweets mentioning her handle generating 23% more interactions on Twitter than Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the next highest candidate.

By the numbers, according to Morning Consult:

  • Joe Biden: 33% (-5)
  • Bernie Sanders: 19% (0)
  • Kamala Harris: 12% (+6)
  • Elizabeth Warren: 12% (-1)
  • Pete Buttigieg: 6% (-1)
  • Cory Booker: 3%
  • Beto O’Rourke: 2% (-2)
  • Andrew Yang: 2%

By the numbers, according to CNN:

  • Joe Biden: 22% (-10)
  • Kamala Harris: 17% (+9)
  • Elizabeth Warren: 15% (+8)
  • Bernie Sanders: 14% (-4)
  • Pete Buttigieg: 4% (-1)
  • Cory Booker: 3%
  • Beto O'Rourke: 3% (-2)
  • Amy Klobuchar: 2%

Methodology: Morning Consult surveyed 2,407 Democratic primary voters immediately following the first Democratic primary debate. The interviews were collected June 27–28 and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

CNN conducted their poll through SSRS from June 28-30, surveying 1,613 adults with a margin of error of +/- 3%. For the subsample of 656 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who are registered voters, the margin of error was +/- 4.7%.

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Biden says he's starting VP search this month

Joe Biden. Photo: Scott Olson / Staff

Joe Biden said he's spoken to Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama about selecting a running mate — and that he wants to build "a bench of younger, really qualified people" who can lead the nation over the course of the next four presidential cycles.

Driving the news: Biden spoke about the state of the 2020 race during a virtual fundraiser on Friday night that was opened to pooled coverage.

Trump ousting intelligence community inspector general

Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community. Photo: Bill Clark / Getty Images

President Trump notified key lawmakers on Friday that he’s firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, who first alerted Congress last September of an "urgent" complaint from an official involving Trump's correspondence with the Ukrainian president.

Why it matters: The move, to take effect in 30 days, comes amid a broader initiative to purge the administration of officials seen as disloyal to the president.

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