For many years, Lindsey Graham was considered a level-headed senator who was open to bi-partisan legislation. The South Carolina senator once famously said, “if we nominate Donald Trump, he will destroy us.” He has changed that tune, though, and now is one of the President’s most ardent supporters.
Graham has become quite unpopular with Democrats and is facing a strong challenger in Jaime Harrison, who was formerly the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. A new poll shows just how strong a challenger Harrison is, as he only trails Graham by 2%.
The poll, conducted by Change Research/Post and Courier, shows Graham with a 47% to 45% lead over Harrison. It also reveals that Graham only holds a 38% favorability rating in his home state.
“Senator Lindsey Graham’s favorability is exceptionally low among Independent voters and in hypothetical general election match-ups,” notes the poll. “He looks extremely vulnerable against Democratic contender Jaime Harrison.”
His opponent was quick to point to the poll as evidence of a change in South Carolina. Harrison tweeted, “Senator, you’re in for the fight of your career. This movement cannot be stopped!”
Senator, you're in for the fight of your career. This movement cannot be stopped! pic.twitter.com/LbLQ0PaD02
— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@harrisonjaime) December 13, 2019
Earlier this week, Harrison said of his opponent, “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. 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.”
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