Kamala Harris planning to reschedule Cleveland visit by Election Day

 cleveland.com  10/18/2020 14:27:39   Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio  After canceling her Friday appearance following a staffers positive test for coronavirus, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the Democratic vice-presidential running mate, is planning on rescheduling the visit before Election Day.

The presidential campaign for Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden is still working on logistics for the visit, including a time and place, but is planning on Harris stumping in Northeast Ohio by Nov. 3, according to the campaign. That would mark Harris' first visit to Cleveland since she headlined the Cuyahoga County Democratic Partys annual dinner during her presidential campaign.

Harris was initially slated to appear in Cleveland on Friday. However, the campaign canceled all travel through Thursday after Harris' communications director  as well as a non-staff flight crew member  tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the campaign, Harris was not in close contact with either as defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but the campaign postponed in-person travel out of an abundance of caution.

Harris' visit comes as Ohio increasingly looks more competitive. In 2016, Republican President Donald Trump won the state by 8 percentage points.

However, polling has consistently shown a tightening race between Trump and Biden with early voting already under way and only two weeks until Election Day.

Both campaigns have been paying increased attention to the state. Biden and Republican Vice President Mike Pence visited the state Oct. 12 for dueling appearances.

Despite canceling her Friday visit, Harris did make a virtual appearance in Ohio this weekend at a fundraiser featuring Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty. Brown said about 250 people were on the virtual call, which raised about $1.8 million.

The Biden campaign previously gave a date of Tuesday for Harris' scheduled visit. This story has been updated to reflect that planning is ongoing with no set date as of Sunday morning.

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