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Harris to Visit Battleground Wisconsin 07/23 06:09

   Vice President Kamala Harris is making her first visit to a battleground 
state Tuesday after locking up enough support from Democratic delegates to win 
her party's nomination to challenge former President Donald Trump, two days 
after President Joe Biden dropped his reelection bid.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Kamala Harris is making her first visit to 
a battleground state Tuesday after locking up enough support from Democratic 
delegates to win her party's nomination to challenge former President Donald 
Trump, two days after President Joe Biden dropped his reelection bid.

   As the Democratic Party continues to coalesce around her, Harris is 
traveling to Milwaukee, where she will hold her first campaign rally since she 
launched her campaign on Sunday with Biden's endorsement. Harris has raised 
more than $100 million since Sunday afternoon, and scored the backing of 
Democratic officials and political groups.

   Tuesday's visit was scheduled before Biden ended his campaign, but took on 
new resonance as Harris prepared to take up the mantle of her party against 
Trump and looks to project calm and confidence after weeks of Democratic Party 
confusion over Biden's political future.

   The visit comes a week after the Republican National Convention wrapped up 
in the city, and as Harris works to sharpen her message against the GOP nominee 
with just over 100 days until Election Day. Wisconsin is part of the Democrats' 
"blue wall" of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that is critical to their 
2024 plans.

   The vice president previewed the themes that will be prominent in her 
campaign against Trump on Monday during a stop at her campaign headquarters in 
Wilmington, Delaware, contrasting her time as a prosecutor with Trump's felony 
convictions -- "I know Donald Trump's type," she said -- and casting herself as 
a defender of economic opportunity and abortion access.

   "This election will present a clear choice between two different visions. 
Donald Trump wants to take our country back to a time before many of us had 
full freedoms and equal rights," she said in a statement responding to the AP 
delegate tally. "I believe in a future that strengthens our democracy, protects 
reproductive freedom and ensures every person has the opportunity to not just 
get by, but to get ahead."

   "I am grateful to President Biden and everyone in the Democratic Party who 
has already put their faith in me, and I look forward to taking our case 
directly to the American people," she added.

   By Monday night, Harris had the support of well more than the 1,976 
delegates she'll need to win on a first ballot, according to the AP tally of 
delegates. No other candidate was named by a delegate contacted by the AP.

   Still, the AP is not calling Harris the new presumptive nominee. That's 
because the convention delegates are still free to vote for the candidate of 
their choice at the convention in August or if Democrats go through with a 
virtual roll call ahead of that gathering in Chicago.

   The AP tally is based on interviews with individual delegates, public 
statements from state parties, many of which have announced that their 
delegations are supporting Harris en masse, and public statements and 
endorsements from individual delegates.

   Harris was to be joined by major elected officials in Wisconsin, including 
Gov. Tony Evers, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez, Attorney General 
Josh Kaul, Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski and Wisconsin Democratic Party 
Chair Ben Wikler, as well as state labor leaders.

 
 
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