Guest Post: Hannah Toner
Californian Senator Kamala Harris has announced her intention to run for the Presidency.
Born to immigrant Jamaican and Indian parents, Kamala Harris started off her political career back in 2004, as she served two terms as District Attorney of San Francisco (2004-2011), before being elected as Attorney General of California (2011-2017), the first woman of colour to do so. In 2017, she was eventually sworn in as California's Junior US Senator.
As described by BBCs Northern American reporter Anthony Zurcher, "Kamala Harris is the kind of Democrat who could stick around and prevail in what is sure to be a gruelling nomination battle." She has a tough reputation as a solid attorney but she has an even tougher stance on the failings of Donald Trump as President. Kamala Harris is probably best noted for her tough questioning of Justice Brett Kavanaugh about his views on abortion and the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference which attracted attention from Democrats and pushed her into primacy for a potential Presidential candidate.
DEMOCRATS WIN CRUCIAL SENATE SEAT IN DEEPEST ALABAMA CLOSING THE VERY NARROW GAP IN THE SENATE TO 1!
For the first time in 25 years the Democrats have won a Senate seat in the most unlikely of places - Alabama - This is deeply conservative and republican territory. However, the republican candidate - who was wholeheartedly backed by President Trump, has a string of allegations made against him.
Winning this seat has been a blow for Trump and another chip away at the very slim Republican majority in the Senate. This is now reduced to only 1 and makes control of Congress and the legislative agenda much harder for the Republicans.
It also makes Trumps decisions questionable as he backed Moore against the advice of his party leadership.
There are lots going on in American Politics at the minute. It's probably one of the most open Presidential campaigns in years!! Donald Trump seemed to be the maverick Republican front runner who was running high in the polls defying all the odds- despite some extraordinary views. Hilary Clinton's campaign for the Democrats seemed to be flawless until she ran up against strong competition from Bernie Sanders - the oldest contender, but one of the most popular with the young. The results in Iowa last night surprised many with Tea Party Republican candidate,Ted Cruz, commanding a strong lead followed by Trump. Clinton only very narrowly outpipped Sanders. Everything is still to play for over the next few months.
The US electoral system can be very confusing - this is a great video from the BBC to help understand this part of the race to the White House
Mr John Wishart -