Politics How to Watch, Live Stream Lindsey Graham, Jaime Harrison Debate amid South Carolina Race
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.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison are due to debate in Columbia on Friday evening as they continue to clash amid their race for the Senate.
The pair have recently clashed over fundraising, with Graham's team accusing the Democrat of trying to "buy a Senate seat" and Harrison hitting back at the Republican over donations from Super PACs. He went on to raise $2 million in 48 hours in donations to the "Lindsey Graham Retirement Fund."
'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.
In a bid to give himself an edge, Graham has recently looked to use the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to her seat on the Supreme Court as a means to boost his campaign. Harrison on the other hand has said this situation could damage Graham when it comes to Election Day.
When Is The Debate?
The pair will go head-to-head at 7pm Eastern Time on Friday, October 30.
Where Is The Debate?
The debate will take place at South Carolina ETV's Telecommunications Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
How Can I Watch?
The clash will be shown live by South Carolina ETV.
It will be shown on YouTube, click here, and also Facebook, click here.
How Is The Race Shaping Up?
The race is rated as a toss-up by The Cook Political Report, with polling having tightened in the run up to the vote.
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Recent polling from East Carolina University put Graham up by three points, with 49 percent of 763 likely voters asked October 24-25 saying they intend to back him, compared to 46 percent for Harrison. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percent, meaning Graham's lead fell within this.
A New York Times/Siena College poll which was put to 605 voters October 9 to 14 gave Graham a slightly wider lead but still in the single digits at six points. Of those asked, 46 percent said they would go for Graham over 40 percent for Harrison. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.
However, previous polling has put the race tighter, with a CBS News/YouGov poll of 1,061 voters between September 22 and 25 putting Graham on 45 percent of support overall and his rival Harrison on 44 percent.
The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percent.
Harrison said in a recent tweet: "The people of South Carolina deserve a senator who will work on their behalf, not in his own self-interest."
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Graham has hit out at Harrison in a recent attack, suggesting the Democrat is trying to get voters to back a third party candidate who had dropped off the ballot in order to steer their votes away from him.
Newsweek has contacted Graham and Harrison for comment on the debate and the state of the race.
Graham and Harrison wrap up expensive race with bus tours .
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison crisscrossed South Carolina on closing-argument bus tours this weekend, the incumbent pointing to his ability to get things done for constituents and the challenger arguing that change is needed in the Senate to benefit the state. Graham "was a senator that I had some respect for, because I thought, at the end of the day, he would do what was in the best interest of the nation and the people of South Carolina,” Harrison said Sunday as he campaigned. “But I was disappointed. I think many of you were disappointed as well.