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Harris slides after a dazzling debut

SAN FRANCISCO - When Kamala Harris launched her presidential bid four months ago, the stars all seemed to align.

She drew a crowd of roughly 20,000 to a lavish Oakland rally. She raised $1.5 million in just 24 hours. She boasted a string of endorsements from California politicians.

But as she returns to the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend for the annual state Democratic Party convention - along with 13 other candidates eager to fight on her home turf - Harris no longer dazzles quite so much.

Rather, there is a prevalent sense that for all her seeming potential, California's charismatic U.S. senator has fallen short of expectation.

The disappointment, observers say, stems in part from Harris' failure to present a compelling case for her candidacy

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