Mark Z. Barabak

Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A reporter for more than 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including 11 presidential campaigns and scores of mayoral, gubernatorial, congressional and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
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After a chat with Trevor Noah, Kamala Harris has fences to mend in New Hampshire

By suggesting an innocent question had racial overtones, the California Democrat played to concerns in New Hampshire about the sanctity of its early primary and cast a shadow over her planned return visit next week.

A shift to the left pulls Democratic candidates in different directions for 2020

Democratic candidates are taking up issues that have gotten little if any attention in other presidential campaigns. Some worry the candidates may alienate voters by seeming to ignore issues of broader concern.