Politics Lindsey Graham Asks for Campaign Donations on Fox News as New Poll Shows Him Narrowly Trailing Jamie Harrison
Can Jamie Harrison's stunning $57M three-month haul win him the election?
Democrats are once again hoping that an unprecedented influx of cash into a Republican stronghold can oust a high-profile Republican from the Senate — and this time, it’s looking more promising for Democrats than ever. © Provided by Washington Examiner South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison, a 44-year-old longtime Democratic operative and lobbyist who is challenging incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham, announced jaw-dropping, record-breaking fundraising of $57 million in the third quarter of the year from June through September.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, asked Fox News viewers to contribute to his campaign after new polling shows him narrowly trailing his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
The Senate race in South Carolina has been rated a "toss-up" by the Cook Political Report. Several recent polls have shown Harrison ahead or a tied race, while others have shown Graham in the lead. But Graham, a Trump loyalist, urged conservatives to back his campaign with their pocketbooks on Thursday.
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The South Carolina politician began as a long shot to upset a GOP Senate fixture. Now he’s breaking fundraising records.In a usual year, in a semi-normal political world, a Democrat running against an incumbent GOP senator in conservative South Carolina — especially if it’s someone as entrenched and D.C.-powerful as Graham, a former manager for the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings who won his last race by 15 points and who has, in fact, never faced a tough electoral challenge — wouldn’t garner much attention. But you may have noticed that this is not a normal year, including in South Carolina.
"My opponent raised $2.3 million per day after Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg died," Graham lamented during an interview with Fox & Friends. But he asserted that he would get conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated by Trump just over a week after Ginsburg's death on September 18, confirmed to the Supreme Court.
"I'm gonna get Judge Barrett on the court. I have her back. To the people listening out there, have my back," he continued. "Lindsey Graham dot com. Help me get my message out. I'm gonna be stuck up here getting this nomination through. Help me get my message out. Lindsey Graham dot com," the GOP senator said.
"A little bit goes a long way, so if you can help me, I appreciate it," Graham said. "I'm not going to let these people win."
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The historically Republican state is now considered a toss-up.In a state where no Democrat has won a Senate seat for more than two decades, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison has fielded an incredibly strong challenge to incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham, a high-profile Trump ally. Although early polling had Harrison lagging Graham by as much as 17 percentage points in February, recent surveys have the two lawmakers in a statistical tie.
Newsweek reached out to Harrison's campaign for comment, but it did not immediately respond.
A new poll conducted by Morning Consult from October 11 to 20 shows Graham behind Harrison by 2 percentage points. The Democratic contender, who previously chaired the South Carolina Democratic Party, was backed by 47 percent of likely voters while the Republican incumbent was supported by just 45 percent. But a separate survey carried out by The New York Times/Siena College from October 9 to 14 shows Graham ahead by 6 percentage points—with the support of 46 percent of likely voters as opposed to just 40 percent supporting Harrison.
Harrison has significantly out-fundraised Graham in the race. The Democratic candidate smashed the previous Senate fundraising record, by raking in $57 million during the final full quarter of the campaign. The previous record was set by Democrat Beto O'Rourke in his Texas Senate race against GOP incumbent Senate Ted Cruz in 2018. Although O'Rourke brought in an impressive $38 million in the final quarter, he was unsuccessful and did not unseat Cruz.
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Some concerns around poll watching don’t have to do with the people designated to be inside voting sites.To facilitate that, the Trump campaign has launched Army for Trump, an effort to mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers for get-out-the-vote efforts, including poll watching. A Trump campaign spokesperson told Vox that it hopes to fill 40,000 poll-watching shifts, and expects to exceed their goal of recruiting 50,000 volunteer poll watchers.
As Graham noted, he has been instrumental in pushing through Barrett's confirmation as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an effort to seat her on the Supreme Court prior to Election Day. Harrison has criticized Graham as a hypocrite who can't be trusted, pointing to his 2016 opposition to former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. At that time, Republicans argued that it was inappropriate to confirm a new justice to the top court in an election year—even though it was some eight months until Election Day when Obama made the nomination.
"Senator, you said, 'Use my words against me,'" Harrison said during a debate with Graham earlier this month, pointing to remarks made by Graham in 2016 when he was asked about the issue. "Your promise was that no judicial nominee should be approved during the last year of an election.… How good is your word?" the Democrat asked.
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GREENVILLE, S.C. ― Lindsey Graham has a real race on his hands and he knows it. The Republican senator is being squeezed from all sides as the election nears ― from his left by a well-funded Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, an unexpected sensation who hopes a changing electorate and energized Black voters will help turn South Carolina into a purple state. And from his right, allies of Donald Trump, who say he’s not a true believer committed to defending the president and investigating his opponents.“This is the biggest challenge I’ve faced,” Graham, who has held the seat since 2003, acknowledged on Tuesday at a rally headlined by Vice President Mike Pence.