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Kamala Harris Is on Strong Footing in Biden’s Vice Presidential Search

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  • Her record as prosecutor could hurt and help with voters
Kamala Harris on June 11.
Kamala Harris on June 11.Photographer: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Kamala Harris is on even stronger footing in Joe Biden’s search for a running mate as he faces intensifying pressure to choose a black woman in the middle of a national debate over race.

Harris has long been near the top of Biden’s list but as other candidates slip in the eyes of allies and observers, the California senator is increasingly better positioned to be the former vice president’s pick for a job he says he knows more about than anything else, according to Democrats who have spoken to Biden or are familiar with his thinking.

Biden committed in March to naming a woman as his running mate. Some allies suggested right away she should be a woman of color, and since the national protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, the pressure to choose a black woman has increased.