CALIFORNIA senator Kamala Harris has raised more than $1 million in funds a day after announcing her bid for the White House.
On Monday (21), Harris officially launched her campaign to take on president Donald Trump.
ABC’s Good Morning America said 38,000 donors gave $1.5 million to her campaign since that announcement.
“Thanks to you, we surpassed $1.5 million in grassroots contributions in under 24 hours,” Harris tweeted on Tuesday (22).
The Wall Street Journal reported that within the first 12 hours, Harris’ campaign registered $ 1 million in funding and the average donation was around $37, through sale of merchandise, which includes a tote bag, a hat and a T-shirt featuring the slogan “Kamala Harris for the people.”
According to Indian-American community leaders, 54-year-old Harris – who is of India and Caribbean origin – has a “clear shot” at the White House.
“It’s a proud moment for the Indian-American community to see one of our own announce to run for the president,” philanthropist and venture capitalist MR Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora, said.
“Is she a viable candidate? The answer’s yes,” Virginia-based Shekar Narasimhan, chairman and founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, said.
“She has at least the same credentials as (former president) Barack Obama did,” he said.
“We do not know today, if she can win or not. But she has a chance (to win the presidency),” Narasimhan said, adding that it was not the case with Republican Bobby Jindal, the first Indian-American to run for the White House in 2016.