The senate race in South Carolina is heating up, and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s chances for reelection are suddenly in jeopardy as Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised the incumbent Republican for the first time in the race over the initial three months of 2020, according to releases from the campaigns Wednesday night.
The Post And Courier reported Thursday that Harrison brought in $7.36 million —setting a South Carolina campaign fundraising record in the process— to Graham’s $5.6 million.
The Democratic surge may be attributed in large part to Graham’s increasingly bad reputation in the states as a “Trump lackey.”
Harrison campaign spokesman Guy King expressed optimism as the candidates gear up for what is on pace to become by far the most expensive race in South Carolina history.
“We’re so grateful for this outpouring of support from everyday people who are looking for leadership that puts them first,” King said.
Meanwhile, Graham’s campaign noted that his figures came despite a decision to cancel fundraisers during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and to suspend his fundraising operations for the final two weeks of the quarter as the coronavirus pandemic spread.
“South Carolinians clearly appreciate Sen. Graham’s steadfast leadership, conservative record of accomplishment, and relentless work on behalf of his constituents,” said Scott Farmer, Graham’s campaign manager.
As noted by the Post And Courier, Harrison recently went up with his first wave of television ads, focused on introducing himself to the many South Carolina voters who are still unfamiliar with him.