(The Hill) Amie Parnes 02/17/19 06:00 AM Kamala Harris is off to the fastest start among Democrats who have already entered the 2020 presidential race say party strategists and donors closely following the contests early stages. Harris (D-Calif.) has trailed former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a few polls including a Monmouth University survey released earlier this month. But she has surged ahead of the other contenders who are actually in the race including Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass) Cory Booker (N.J) Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.). And in Iowa an Emerson College poll shows her only behind Biden among caucus-goers. Neither Biden nor Sanders has entered the race and the polls showing them at the top of the contest likely reflects their widespread name recognition. Biden served eight years as vice president to Barack Obama after a long career in the Senate while Sanders ran a tough campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016 for the partys presidential nomination.