Although Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is not the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, she is reportedly the candidate whom the Trump campaign fears most.
"The one who scares me the most in the general is Kamala Harris," a top Trump campaign official told the Washington Times this week.
"The top candidates are all flawed candidates, but the least flawed is Kamala Harris," the official, who the Times described as a "key player" in the campaign, explained.
Unfortunately for Harris, mediocre debate performances have tempered her campaign's momentum through the summer months after surging through the spring. Harris launched her campaign amid widespread Democratic enthusiasm in January, drawing a campaign kickoff crowd of roughly 20,000 people — a larger crowd than what then-Sen. Barack Obama drew in 2008 when launching his presidential campaign.
Harris currently stands fourth among the crowded field of Democrats behind front-runner Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
However, Harris stands to gain the most through the fall and into the primary season early next year.
Enthusiasm for Biden has already begun waning over continues gaffes and his political history. Meanwhile, although Warren is surging, both she and Sanders are seen as far-left socialists. Both candidates will be a tough sell for most Americans who are much closer to the political center than the far-left.
Harris is perhaps the most moderate top Democrat competing for the nomination, which will undoubtedly help her when Democrats hit the polls next year. In fact, Harris admitted last month that part of her campaign strategy thus far has included holding close to her campaign promises.
"I'm not churning out plans like a factory because it is really important to me that any plan that I'm prepared to implement is actually doable," she said.
Indeed, if America learned anything in 2016, it is that the most politically-savvy candidate will be victorious despite what polls predict.