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Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

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Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris

DELAWARE (WKOW) — After months of speculation, Joe Biden has picked his running mate in the race for the White House.

Biden has chosen Kamala Harris, a one-time challenger for the presidential nomination, to be his vice presidential contender.

The move that fulfills the wish of Democrats clamoring to see a woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket for the first time in history.

The 55-year-old Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving as California’s attorney general.

Harris competed against Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination but left the race before voting began as she struggled to raise money.

One of Harris’ standout moments of her presidential campaign came at the expense of Biden, when she slammed his past opposition to school busing.

With the VP announced and the Democratic National Convention about to begin, the 2020 spotlight is about to shift away from President Donald Trump and onto Democrat Joe Biden, at least temporarily.

The former vice president has largely been an out of the limelight in recent months as he waited out the coronavirus pandemic for the most part from his Delaware home and Trump struggled on the global stage through a series of crises and self-made controversies.

That dynamic will change when Biden announces his vice presidential selection, which is almost certain to come this week. The burst of attention offers risks and rewards for Biden, who has struggled to energize Democrats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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