Dem 2020 Candidates Play Tug Of War With Congressional Black Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak quietly during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday September 4, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak quietly during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington... WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak quietly during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday September 4, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS

In a sign of the ever increasing clout of African Americans within the Democratic party, presidential hopefuls including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and (not yet announced) Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former Vice President Joe Biden are vying for the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

According to a Wednesday Politico report, Harris and Booker showed up to Wednesday’s weekly meeting to work their contacts. Biden has reportedly been reaching out to his longtime allies in the caucus.

Though many members of the group have been courted by multiple candidates, some are holding back to see if lawmakers from their home states mount bids. In such a crowded primary field, the support of members of the caucus—and by extension, coalitions of black voters in their states—could prove indispensable to the candidates.

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