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Harris announced her 2020 bid last week in Oakland, Calif.
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris will hold a town hall in North Charleston this week as part of two stops in the Palmetto State.
On Friday at 4 p.m., Harris will go over her 2020 platform at the Royal Family Life Center, 4750 Abraham Ave., in North Charleston. The event will be moderated by Brady Quirk-Garvan, chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party.
Harris will stop in Columbia on Saturday for a separate town hall moderated by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
"At these events, Harris will share her vision for the country and take questions from South Carolinians about the issues important to them," according to a press release from her campaign.
Harris, the junior senator from California and a former state attorney general, announced her bid
on Jan. 27 in her hometown of Oakland, Calif. On Feb. 1, Harris, who has come under fire for her tough record on criminal justice
in her home state, tweeted her support for a student-led effort in South Carolina
demanding stronger background check procedures for prospective gun buyers.
The Charleston-area stop will be the latest in a swath of Lowcountry visits from 2020 Democratic hopefuls trying to unseat President Donald Trump, who will likely be the Republican nominee.
South Carolina remains a popular early campaign spot because of its Democratic primary electorate, which was two-thirds black in 2016, along with its mixed demographics that can favor moderate Democratic candidates such as Rep. Joe Cunningham, who succeeded former Rep. Mark Sanford after beating Republican Katie Arrington in a surprising upset in November
Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont got a standing ovation from supporters
gathered at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, though the 2016 primary candidate did not explicitly announce any plans for next year's race.
This past weekend, Sen. Kristin Gillibrand of New York stopped in North Charleston
to worship at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.