The Democrat presidential race is entering a phase where the field is starting to narrow.
And one leading candidate experienced a massive fall from grace.
And that’s because this top Trump challenger just got some campaign-ending bad news.
California Senator Kamala Harris was the breakout star of the first Democrat presidential debate.
Harris took apart former Vice President Joe Biden during an exchange on race and Harris surged into a top-three spot in the polls.
But two months later, and Harris’ campaign has flatlined.
The most recent CNN poll of the field found Harris down to just five percent which represented a 12-point decline from their last survey.
Joe Biden has expanded his edge over the Democratic field in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with 29% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters saying they back the former vice president.
That’s up 7 points compared with a late June CNN survey. No other candidate has made meaningful gains over that time.
The shift returns Biden to a double-digit lead over his nearest competitors, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 15% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 14%. Their support is largely unchanged since earlier this summer.
Aside from Biden’s increase, the only statistically meaningful change in the candidate standings is a 12-point decline in support for California Sen. Kamala Harris, who stood at 17% support in the June poll but now has the backing of 5% of potential Democratic voters. That’s similar to the level of support she had in the spring before a surge following her initial debate performance.
Harris’ support collapsing comes at the worst time.
As the calendar turns to fall, voters tune in to the race more and more.
That’s when the media decides how much oxygen each candidate earns.
If Harris can’t raise her standing in the polls going into the September debate, she risks falling off the media radar, which in this day and age is a campaign killer.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.