Kamala Harris, a moderate bursts through the glass ceiling

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Kamala Harris, a moderate bursts through the glass ceiling

She has battled attacks and accusations from right and left, but as a black woman she’s used to the dance

Courtney Weaver

When Hillary Clinton had hopes of becoming America’s first female president, her campaign prepared a faux-glass ceiling that would shatter with confetti at the then-Democratic nominee’s 2016 election night party.

Four years later, Kamala Harris is poised to rack up the type of momentous milestone that Clinton could not. Now that Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race has been called, Harris is set to be the first woman, and first woman of colour, elected to executive office in the US.

It puts the senator and former California attorney-general a heartbeat away from the top job. She will serve as the official understudy to the oldest president Americans have yet elected and be the odds-on favourite to lead the Democrats in 2024, if, as expected, Biden does not run again...

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