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Politics The Keys to Jaime Harrison's Record-Setting Senate Campaign Against Lindsey Graham

00:40  28 october  2020
00:40  28 october  2020 Source:   time.com

Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one way ticket back home'

  Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one way ticket back home' Democratic South Carolina Senate nominee Jaime Harrison on Wednesday slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) decision to pull out of debate scheduled for Wednesday."This is probably the most historic Senate race in the history of this state, and to have Senator Graham ducking and dodge [the debate], is really sad, but it's a testament to who he is," Harrison said on SiriusXM's "The Laura Coates Show". "He believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C., instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina. And that's why he's on the verge of getting that one way ticket back home.

South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison has shattered congressional fundraising records , bringing in m in the final quarter for his US Senate campaign against Republican incumbent and Trump ally Lindsey Graham as the Republican party tries to retain control of the chamber in November’ s election.

Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison are vying for a Senate seat in South Carolina. Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison is breaking fundraising records in his race against Harrison is putting up a formidable fight in deep-red South Carolina, narrowly outpacing Graham in

Few people expected South Carolina to be a competitive Senate battleground a week before Election Day. A Democrat hasn’t won statewide office in South Carolina in more than a decade, President Donald Trump is easily outpacing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and the three-term incumbent, Republican Lindsey Graham, won his last re-election contest by more than 15 points.

a man standing on a grass field posing for the camera: Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to the media after a drive-in rally in North Charleston, S.C. on Oct. 17, 2020. © Cameron Pollack—Getty Images Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to the media after a drive-in rally in North Charleston, S.C. on Oct. 17, 2020.

Even fewer people expected the Democratic candidate, Jaime Harrison, to become a sensation who shattered the record for the highest quarterly fundraising total for a Senate candidate in U.S. history—$57 million between July and September.

'One-Way Ticket Back Home': Lindsey Graham Criticized by Jaime Harrison for 'Dodging' Debate

  'One-Way Ticket Back Home': Lindsey Graham Criticized by Jaime Harrison for 'Dodging' Debate "[Lindsey Graham] believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C. instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina," Jaime Harrison said Wednesday.Harrison has presented a strong challenge for Graham, who first became Senator in 2002. In the third quarter of 2020, Harrison's campaign drummed up over $57 million, the highest amount raised by a Senate candidate in U.S. history. Some recent polls show Graham and Harrison in a dead heat. Wednesday's debate was the second debate between the two candidates that has been postponed.

Democrat Jaime Harrison has formed a group of top party bundlers to help him raise campaign Key Points. Sen. Lindsey Graham 's Democratic opponent in this fall's U.S. Senate election in South The development comes as Harrison ' s campaign reported outraising Graham in the first quarter of 2020

Lindsey Graham ' s Senate seat. The Democratic nominee is Jaime Harrison , a leader at the Harrison has keyed in on what Democrats perceive as big vulnerabilities in Graham ' s record Harrison tweeted a day after the debate that the campaign raised .5 million since he had taken the

But those who know Harrison—a 44-year-old Black man born to a teenage mother and raised by his grandparents in a mobile home— are less surprised the race in deep-red South Carolina is close. (It was recently re-categorized as a “toss up” by The Cook Political Report.)

One reason is that Harrison was a top aide to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, one of the most powerful Democratic members of Congress. Harrison’s job as floor director was helping the South Carolina Democratic icon count and whip votes. The second is Harrison’s former position as chairman of South Carolina’s Democratic Party, where his job was understanding every aspect of state politics.

There’s a third reason: his opponent. Once a moderate Republican who was part of the bipartisan group that devised a 2013 immigration reform bill, Graham has transformed from a Donald Trump critic to one of the President’s closest allies. In recent weeks, the Senate Judiciary Committee chair steered the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, reversing his position on whether Supreme Court Justices should be voted on in an election year. In the Trump era, he’s become a national villain for Democrats, which has driven attention—and money—to his opponent.

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  Lou Dobbs: 'I don't know why anyone would vote for Lindsey Graham' Lou Dobbs has slammed GOP Senator Lindsey Graham on Fox Business. He implored South Carolina voters to reject the four-term senator in November's election.Graham, who is a four-term senator and fierce Trump defender is currently locked in a reelection battle against Democrat Jaime Harrison.

South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison announced on Wednesday he will seek to unseat GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham , who is up for reelection next year.

US Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison has raised a record million last quarter in his bid to unseat incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham for the South Carolina Senate seat in an Harrison ' s campaign said the money was used to raise his profile to a level competitive with that of Graham , a

Harrison has capitalized by focusing on local issues. “The urgency to get Supreme Court justices through, or tea time with the President, or going on Fox News—all those things are much higher on the priority level for Lindsey Graham than addressing the issues people are dealing with,” Harrison tells TIME in a phone interview. (The Graham campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Harrison is hardly the first candidate to raise extraordinary amounts of money against a red-state incumbent whom Democrats detest. Liberals have gladly opened their pocketbooks for apparent long-shot challengers of Senators Ted Cruz in Texas (Beto O’Rourke) and Mitch McConnell in Kentucky (Amy McGrath). The difference between Harrison and other less-successful Democratic hopefuls may come down to his being qualified to determine how to make the best use of that money.

Fox host tells South Carolina voters not to vote for Graham: "He has betrayed the American people"

  Fox host tells South Carolina voters not to vote for Graham: "I don't know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham," Lou Dobbs says Lou Dobbs and Lindsey Graham Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

Jaime Harrison , a Democrat, hopes to challenge longtime Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in the fall. Graham ' s campaign spokesman declined to comment. Alex Sanders, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully against Graham in his first bid for the Senate in 2002 to replace Thurmond, said that

Jaime Harrison believes South Carolina is ready for a young black Democrat. Before the pandemic, Harrison ’ s team had a meticulous strategy built on changing the electoral math. Over nearly 20 years, as Harrison has learned how to run a campaign , Lindsey Graham has been perfecting his

Harrison’s campaign is “completely organized, it’s extremely efficient,” says Amanda Loveday, chief of staff of Unite the Country, a pro-Biden super PAC, and former executive director for the South Carolina Democratic Party while Harrison was party chair. “It had to be flawless, and it has been. It’s purely based on energizing the base and reminding South Carolinians, no matter their political stature, what Lindsey has not done for them.”

Harrison has become a ubiquitous presence in the state, with ads blanketing the airwaves. He’s presented himself as a unifier and pledged to grow the middle class and protect health care. According to his campaign, Harrison’s paid staff grew from two when they kicked off in the spring of 2019 to 52 now. His campaign also has a service initiative for community needs, like helping families get personal and school supplies. “Too many people lack opportunity,” Harrison says, citing rural hospitals closing, a lack of broadband access and crumbling schools and bridges.

a group of people standing in front of a window: Senate candidate Jaime Harrison votes with his son, William, 6, at the Masonic Temple in Columbia, S.C. on Oct. 19, 2020. | Tracy Glantz—The State/AP © Tracy Glantz—The State/AP Senate candidate Jaime Harrison votes with his son, William, 6, at the Masonic Temple in Columbia, S.C. on Oct. 19, 2020. | Tracy Glantz—The State/AP

As a child, Harrison was one of them. He grew up eating cereal with water because his family couldn’t afford milk. In one biographical ad, he says a con artist stole his grandparents’ life savings, which inspired him to become a lawyer. He went on to earn degrees from Yale and Georgetown Law. He worked for Clyburn for five years, starting in law school, before doing some lobbying and eventually becoming the South Carolina Party Chair.

Jaime Harrison enlists Common in bid to defeat Lindsey Graham in South Carolina

  Jaime Harrison enlists Common in bid to defeat Lindsey Graham in South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison enlisted the help of Grammy Award-winning rapper Common at a Monday rally in Columbia, S.C., as polls continue to show a closer race against Sen. Lindsey Graham than many had expected. “Common shares many of the same values that were instilled in me as a South Carolinian: hard work, integrity and caring for one another,” Harrison told Yahoo News. “I’m honored to have his support in our mission to restore hope to South Carolinians statewide.”Common spent most the day traveling around the city of Columbia with Harrison speaking with voters. That evening, Common performed some of his biggest hits at a drive-in rally at Benedict College.

Jaime Harrison during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Columbia, S .C., in January. Mr. Harrison , who outraised Senator Lindsey Graham in the first quarter of Democratic challengers in several key Senate races collected enormous hauls of cash in the second quarter of the year, the latest sign of

Lindsey Graham got some very unwelcome news. To be clear: Harrison still needs record Black turnout (the state' s population is 27% African American) and solid support among college-educated Graham has proven since winning a Senate seat back in 2002 that he is a savvy pol and campaigner .

Given Graham’s political straits, Harrison also happens to be in the right place at the right time. “It takes that sort of alignment for somebody with a ‘D’ after their name to have a shot at the top of the ticket in South Carolina, and I think he does have a shot,” says Laurin Manning Gandy, a Democratic strategist in South Carolina.

Democrats in the state believe Harrison can win if enough Trump supporters vote for him or skip the Senate race, or if the third-party candidate in the race—who endorsed Graham —siphons away enough support from the Republican. He also has to turn out Black voters. More than 1 million non-white voters are registered in the state. “We expect a record high in terms of the vote from minority communities in South Carolina,” Harrison says.

Win or lose, Harrison has created openings for other Democrats in the state by drawing national money to the state that’s trickling down to other candidates. Like O’Rourke in Texas, who narrowly lost a Senate race against Cruz in 2018, Harrison could buoy down ballot candidates. “The investment that’s being made at the county level, the state level, and then both caucus levels is going to transform the makeup of the Democratic party for at least 10 years,” says South Carolina state Rep. JA Moore.

Harrison’s campaign did not provide a total amount of money it has transferred to the state Democratic Party or other Democratic entities in the state, but a scroll through party receipts shows the Harrison campaign has passed along millions. If Democrats can flip five state Senate seats, for example, they could take outright control of the chamber, which has even higher stakes this year due to redistricting. According to Harrison’s campaign, the South Carolina Democratic Party’s “coordinated campaign” has 104 staffers across 46 counties, who have made 2.3 million calls and sent 4.2 million texts on behalf of Democrats in the state.

Lindsey Graham Bets His Career On Supreme Court: 'Biggest Challenge I’ve Ever Faced'

  Lindsey Graham Bets His Career On Supreme Court: 'Biggest Challenge I’ve Ever Faced' 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.

“All of the things that a normal campaign needs to have to win, we just never had those resources and we had to rely on a lot of volunteers. But now because of Jaime’s campaign efforts, it’s a new day in terms of Democratic infrastructure,” says Anton Gunn, a former Obama political director in a South Carolina primary. “Because he was state party chair, he knows the infrastructure needs of the state.”

On the Republican side, there’s some agitation over the money Democrats have raised, but confidence that voters will back Graham again. “Lindsey’s always had some measure of difficulty with the Republican base,” says former Republican Governor and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. “I think when it comes down to actually pulling the lever between Lindsey, as much as they may not like him, and a Democrat, they’re going to go Lindsey.”

Asked if he thought it was fair to say that that the money would help other Democrats down-ballot, Sanford responded, “totally.”

Other Republicans are similarly confident in Graham’s chances. “I’m not worried. Lindsey’s going to win. Senator Graham’s going to pull it out, he’ll win comfortably,” says Chad Connelly, former South Carolina GOP chairman. “The only reason the race was ever tight was money.”

Harrison has used that skepticism as fuel. “For me, that’s inspiration,” he says. “Tell me I can’t do something, and you will see a very determined person that shows you that you’re wrong.”

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