FLORENCE, S.C. – One of the leading candidates to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is returning to the Pee Dee.

The campaign of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California confirmed Monday evening that the senator will appear Sunday in Florence for a town hall.

The town hall will be held at 4:15 p.m. at New Ebenezer Baptist Church's Strive Hard Educational, Recreational and Enrichment Center on Ravenel Street in Florence. The doors will open at 3:45 p.m.

Harris also will also appear at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jerusalem Baptist Church at 301 S. Sixth St. in Hartsville for a meet-and-greet. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

She will also hold a town hall at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, with doors opening at noon.

Harris became favored by some oddsmakers for the nomination after her performance in the Democratic debate in which she took part last week.

Some oddsmakers favor former Vice President Joe Biden, who appeared in the same debate. After the election, the odds shifted from Biden to Harris.

Harris already has appeared in the Pee Dee. On March 8, she was in Hemingway.

She also has been endorsed by former gubernatorial candidate Marguerite Willis of Florence and S.C. Rep. Pat Henegan, whose house district includes portions of Darlington and Marlboro Counties.

Willis, who is married to former Florence Mayor Frank Willis, came in second in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary behind former S.C. Rep. James Smith. Her running mate during the campaign, S.C. Sen. John Scott of Richland County, also has endorsed Harris.

Harris declared her campaign for president on Jan. 21.

She has been a member of the Senate since 2017. Prior to the Senate, she served as the 32nd California attorney general from 2011-2017. She served as district attorney for San Francisco from 2004-2011.

Harris was born in Oakland, Calif. to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of California Hastings School of Law.

The South Carolina Democratic Primary is scheduled for Feb. 29, 2020.

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