California Senator and possible 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris has endorsed Mahlon Mitchell in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor, Mitchell’s campaign announced Thursday.
— Mahlon Mitchell (@MahlonMitchell) July 26, 2018
Mitchell, a Madison firefighter who also serves as president of the state firefighters’ union, leads the field of Democratic candidates in fundraising, with nearly $850,000 raised since entering the race in November. Unlike other candidates who lead the polls, he has not relied on personal loans to fund his campaign. Still, he lags behind state schools superintendent Tony Evers, who in a July 18 Marquette University Law School poll was the preferred candidate of 31 percent of Democratic voters. Mitchell and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout each garnered six percent of the vote with the rest of the contenders at five percent or less. Thirty-eight percent remained undecided.
Harris, California’s former attorney general, is considered a rising star in Democratic politics and is often mentioned as a contender to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. She’s been a United States Senator since 2016.
The endorsement comes just three weeks before the August 14 primary election.