Senator Kamala Harris
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Sen. Kamala Harris’ debate performance on Thursday failed to impress many of her party’s big-money donors who were on the fence about her candidacy.
Going into the Democratic primary debate in Houston, Harris’ closest supporters privately acknowledged that if the senator from California did not come out swinging against her opponents and clearly define her policies, wealthy donors could shy away from her campaign.
Many of them were hoping for a repeat of the aggressive tactics she used in the first debate, when she took on former Vice President Joe Biden for his willingness to work with segregationists as a senator in the 1970s.
Now these sources say that those uncommitted contributors are still not convinced they can dedicate their expansive networks to her cause alone.
Harris has relied on contributors willing to give up to $2,800 — the maximum amount allowable by law — in order to finance her presidential…