Lindsey Graham has spent over 17 years as a South Carolina senator. For the majority of those terms he was considered someone who would work with Democrats in a bi-partisan manner. Since Donald Trump has taken office, though, Graham has become one of his fiercest defenders.
The state of South Carolina has remained an overwhelmingly red state. Trump won the state by 14 points in 2016 and Graham won his last election by nearly 17 points. Democratic newcomer and likely opponent of Graham, Jaime Harrison is trying to change that. Harrison looks to be a strong challenger and has recorded record fundraising numbers.
The Democrat says he was motivated to take on Graham due to the change in his behavior. “This is a guy that I believed . . . even if I disagreed with him on policy, that at the end of the day he would do what’s in the best interest of the state and the country,” says Harrison. “But now we see Lindsey Graham is only going to do what’s in the best interest of Lindsey Graham. Here is a guy who hasn’t done a town hall in South Carolina in probably over two years.”
Despite his strong support, Harrison will have an uphill battle against Graham. The challenger raised $2.2 million in the 3rd quarter of 2019. Graham was able to raise $3.0 million. Both sums are records for their respective parties.
Still, Harrison will have a chance. Supporters of the candidates point to recent Democratic wins in Louisiana and Kentucky as good signs for the challenger.