A new poll revealed that 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is facing some polling trouble in her home state.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Harris — one of the 24 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination — is not even cracking the top three polling spots in her home state of California, according to a poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
The poll notes that the California Democrat was the first choice in the primary for only 13 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Golden State, falling solidly behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 17 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 18 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack at 22 percent.
Trailing behind Harris was South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who took 10 percent of the likely primary voters.
Harris does have a bit of a consolation, though — most voters in her home state list her as their second choice for the nomination.
Twenty-one percent of primary voters in the Golden State listed the California junior senator as their second choice in the race, putting her ahead of Warren, who won over 17 percent of the likely voters as their second choice.
Biden and Sanders followed the Massachusetts senator, both tied at 12 percent. This illustrates that they may need to broaden their appeal to voters in the critical Democratic primary state.
Candidates in the California primary are only given delegates if they win at least 15 percent of either the statewide vote or by congressional district.
Mark DiCamillo — who runs the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll — said that this fact would result in a “fierce” battle for the state’s delegates.
“California’s role in deciding the Democratic nominee will be huge,” he told the Los Angeles Times.