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What you need to know about Kamala Harris and her 2020 presidential bid

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Kamala Harris burst onto the national stage in 2016 when she was elected as the second-ever black woman to serve in the US Senate, celebrated by Democrats as a bright spot in a dark period for the party.

After 25 years as a prosecutor and “top cop,” Harris has seen a rapid, dazzling political rise from San Francisco’s district attorney to presidential candidate in less than a decade.

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When Harris announced her 2020 run on Monday, she joined several other progressive candidates, including two Senate colleagues, in what will likely be a crowded and hyper-competitive primary field.

But her relative youth, identity as a black and South Asian woman, ties to both the Democratic establishment and progressive wing of the party, and popularity on social media have pundits declaring her a front-runner.

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