Democratic Presidential candidate and current United States Senator Kamala Harris visited the Grand Strand Friday afternoon in a visit to Big Mike’s Soul Food. Harris addressed around 300 attendees at a meet and greet that was organized by the Horry County Democratic Party. She spoke briefly on her progressive platform that includes positions on Medicare-for-all and the legalization of marijuana. Harris also took photos and answered questions from an energized crowd that filled the restaurant and flooded into the front parking lot.
Harris has served on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget in the United States Senate since 2017 according to her website. In addition, she previously served as the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco and the 32nd Attorney General of California.
At age 54, Kamala Harris is currently one of over a dozen Democratic candidates running for President in 2020. She is the first to make an official 2020 Presidential campaign visit to the Grand Strand from either party, hoping to persuade voters along the South Carolina coastline to support her in the contested Democratic field heading into the primary. In 2016 general election, Democrats totaled 855,373 votes across South Carolina in support of Hillary Clinton. However, she was defeated by Donald Trump who secured 1,155,389 votes.