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Lindsey Graham’s Democratic Challenger is Closing Gap

Longtime Senator Lindsey Graham has become one of the most controversial lawmakers in the country. The South Carolinian was once thought of as a deal maker who could work both sides of the aisle. But in the last few years, he’s become more and more aligned with the Trump agenda.

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Graham serves in one of America’s reddest states. He faces a strong challenger, though, in Jaime Harrison, formerly the Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison is gaining on Graham. Two of the foremost political prognosticators, The Cook Poltical Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball have moved the race from “safe Republican” to “likely Republican.”

The Cook Political Report explained, “When we look at this race, it’s clear it’s no longer one that is being ignored by either party. And our definition of a race that is ‘Likely Republican’ is simply a race that is ‘not considered competitive at this point, but [has] the potential to become engaged. This race fits that criteria.”

Larry Sabato had a similar take. The pollster wrote, “South Carolina remains the most Republican state on the Eastern Seaboard. Harrison’s path is not an easy one, but it is also not an impossible one.”

Harrison was excited by the news. He took to Twitter, writing, “Today, the Cook Political Report *and* Crystal Ball updated our race from ‘Solid Republican’ to ‘Likely Republican.’ Watch out Lindsey Graham, we’re coming for your seat.”

Some Republicans, however, remain unimpressed with Harrison’s chances. Republican Party Chair Drew McKissack said of the new prognostications, “I don’t put any faith in it. [Graham will enjoy] a statewide blowout.”



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