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Washington( CNN) Lorna Owens is coaxing friends to get involved in the 2020 presidential race over coffee at her neighborhood Starbucks in Miami. In nearby Miramar, Florida, Dahlia Walker-Huntington is sending WhatsApp messages to dozens of contacts around the country. And outside Boston, Ramesh Kapur is busy organizing fundraisers in Cleveland, Chicago and beyond.

Even in the most diverse group of presidential competitors ever fielded by Democrats, Harris stands out. If elected president, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mom would be not only the first girl, but the first Indian American, the first Asian, the first black woman and the first person of Jamaican descent to ascend to the office.DTAG 2 TTWhile Harris has said she expends little time thinking about her diverse racial and ethnic background — “I am who I am, ” she recently told The Washington Post — her supporters are quick to claim her as their own. And they hope her family’s culture ties to these immigrant communities will give her a new pipeline of support and campaign money in a crowded primary where every referendum and dollar will count.DTAG 3 TTDTAG 4 TTDTAG 5 TTDTAG 6 TTDTAG 7 TTDTAG 8 TTDTAG 9 TT