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Kamala Harris emerges as a 2020 front-runner, but is that a good thing?

OAKLAND, Calif. - Even before Kamala Harris' campaign launch in Oakland on Sunday, her nascent 2020 bid had already hit full gallop - a star turn on "Good Morning America," a self-reported seven-figure fundraising milestone, a friendly reception in a key primary state.

With that fast start, Harris has stoked a perception that she is not just an elite candidate, but among the Democratic front-runners - a designation that is loaded with both upside and danger in this very early stage of presidential jockeying.

The California senator and her campaign strategists aren't yet declaring her the favorite. But her days-long debut, crafted

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