WASHINGTON – Sen. Kamala Harris of California is the No. 3 choice among African-American Democratic presidential primary voters, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The Morning Consult poll found that 16% of the respondents said they support Harris.
Meanwhile, 21% said they support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 38% said they support the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The other 20 candidates polled at single digits.
Harris is the daughter of a black Jamaican-American father and an Indian-American mother. She sparred with Biden over the issue of race at a debate last month.
Harris criticized Biden for having said that he was able to work with segregationist lawmakers during his more than three decades in the Senate. She also criticized Biden for having opposed school busing in the 1970s.
Biden has since apologized for his remark about the segregationist senators. He told CNN that he supported voluntary local busing to desegregate schools but was opposed to federally mandated busing because he thought the practice “did not work.”
Harris’ standing among African-American Democrats has risen 7 percentage points since the June 27 debate, according to Tuesday’s poll.
Biden’s approval rating among African-American Democrats is 76%, according to the poll.
The survey included 3,445 African-American potential Democratic primary voters and was carried out July 1-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.