Politics Lindsey Graham's challenger in South Carolina Senate race breaks fundraising record
South Carolina's Graham, challenger to meet in 1st debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger are set to meet in their first face-to-face matchup, amid record-breaking fundraising and a Supreme Court nomination debate that means Graham will be spending much of the remaining campaign in Washington. On Saturday, Graham and Jaime Harrison debate in Columbia in their first of three scheduled meetings. Two more debates are slated for later in October, although Washington politics may throw a wrench into that schedule, as Graham - chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - stumps not only for his own reelection but also shepherds President Donald Trump’s high court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett,
Jaime Harrison, a South Carolina Democrat, raised a staggering $57 million in the last three months in his bid to topple Sen.-- setting a new fundraising record for a Senate candidate.
The first Black chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party's single-quarter haul, a sum he raised between July and September, tops former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s more than $38 million, which he raised in the third quarter of 2018 during his Senate campaign against Texas Sen..
Cook Political Report moves South Carolina Senate race to 'toss up'
The Cook Political Report on Wednesday shifted the South Carolina Senate race from "lean Republican" in favor of incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) to a "toss up," giving Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison a boost weeks before the election.The nonpartisan election handicapper said it appeared that Graham would "cruise to re-election" earlier this year but on Wednesday described Harrison as "Democrats' best recruit and a fundraising behemoth.
Despite, which Harrison has now surpassed by almost $20 million, he ultimately lost the Senate race by three points even though he received more votes than any Democrat has in the history of Texas.
"This campaign is making history, because we’re focused on restoring hope back to South Carolina," Guy King, a spokesperson for Harrison's campaign, said in a statement. "After 25 years in Washington, Lindsey Graham has changed into someone voters no longer recognize, and these resources will be instrumental in our efforts to send Lindsey home in November."
Harrison's campaign said the average donation was $37 from 994,000 donors. He saw a total of 1.5 million donations and the sum brings his fundraising total so far to $86 million.
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Issac Bailey writes that Sen. Lindsey Graham's full embrace of President Trump might rightfully cost the senator everything. His disregard for South Carolina's moderate voters has left the door wide open for Democrat Jamie Harrison to become a formidable challenger.South Carolina may be on the verge of what seemed like an impossibility: becoming the first state in US history to be represented by two Black men in the Senate simultaneously. It's no longer a far-fetched idea because Democrat Jamie Harrison has become a formidable challenger for the seat occupied by long-serving Republican Lindsey Graham.
The stunning figure caps off an increasingly competitive few months in the Palmetto State's Senate race.the two men neck-and-neck, reflecting how much the race has dramatically shifted from its onset.
President Donald Trump won the state by 14 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is expected to capture South Carolina once more against former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.
Last month, Harrison acknowledged the uphill climb he is facing in the reliably red state during an interview with, telling ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, "I was born into long odds ... I know what the David versus Goliath story is."
Lindsey Graham challenger Jaime Harrison sets historic Senate fundraising record of $57 million in last quarter
The South Carolina race, which has been heating up for months, could possibly determine control of the Senate next year.The record fundraising haul comes just weeks for the November election, where Graham is seeking reelection to a fourth term and is facing his toughest campaign in the historically conservative state.
But the former lobbyist has been building a financial advantage over the three-term incumbent Graham, who has emerged as one of Trump's key allies on Capitol Hill.
In two interviews on Fox News in late September, Graham begged for campaign cash to close the gap, pleading in one, "My opponent will raise almost $100 million ... I’m being killed financially. This money is ’cause they hate my guts."
"I’m getting overwhelmed," he said in another interview. "Help me. They’re killing me moneywise. Help me. You did last week. Help me again."
In early October, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, steered $10 million to South Carolina to boost Graham, amid a bruising cash deficit,.
Harrison consistently outraised Graham throughout the first two quarters of this year, but the Republican's campaign has not yet announced how much he raised in the third quarter.
Graham will certainly have a spotlight this coming week, as the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, will begin confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett -- a controversial process that energized Democratic fundraising in the final days of the quarter.
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