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Kamala Harris Is First Presidential Hopeful To Visit Northern Nevada

California Senator Kamala Harris stands in front of supporters at a campaign event at Washoe County Democratic Headquarters in Reno.
Paul Boger
KUNR Public Radio
California Senator Kamala Harris speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Washoe County Democratic Headquarters in Reno.

Nevada’s Democratic Caucus is still more than 10 months away, but the first presidential hopeful has made her way to Northern Nevada.

It was a full day of stumping for California Senator Kamala Harris, as she made her first visit to Northern Nevada. Stops included a meet-and-greet with Washoe Dems, a roundtable discussion with teachers and a fundraiser in Carson City.

In a speech, the senator said that passing middle-class tax relief and expanding Medicare to all would be among her top priorities if elected President.

Looking to set herself apart from a crowded field of Democratic contenders ahead of the 2020 primary season, Harris says she will fight to correct the injustices she sees in America today.

"The fight before us is a fight that is born out of optimism. It is born out of the knowledge and the belief and the ability to see what can be, unburdened by what has been," Harris said. "This is a fight that is born out of love of country. This is a fight we will win because I'm going to tell ya'll, I fully, fully intend on winning this election."

While several high-profile candidates have made stops in Clark County in recent months, Harris is the first major Democrat to visit Northern Nevada so far this year.

But that won’t be true for much longer. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to make a stop in Reno on Saturday.

Alex Goff is Nevada’s representative to the Democratic National Committee. He says Northern Nevada will play a big role in deciding who will become the Democratic nominee for president.

"If you're looking to see how Nevada is going to go, you can tell by how Washoe County is going. You've got to get those voters to the table, so coming up here, developing relationships that will then pay off for you on caucus day--it's going to be important."

There are currently 18 Democrats vying for the nomination. The Nevada Caucus is February 22, 2020.

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