Lindsey Graham's Democratic Challenger Rakes In $57 Million, Shattering Fundraising Record

Written by on October 11, 2020

Jaime Harrison, the Democratic nominee in South Carolina looking for to unseat Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, raised $57 million within the third quarter of this yr, crushing the earlier fundraising file for a Senate candidate, Harrison’s marketing campaign introduced Sunday.

Harrison’s colossal haul toppled the earlier file set by then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, within the third quarter of 2018 throughout his face-off towards Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. O’Rourke had raked in $38.1 million in July by way of September of that yr.

Graham, a three-term incumbent, has not but introduced his third-quarter fundraising numbers. He raised $8.four million within the second quarter whereas Harrison took in almost $14 million in donations throughout that very same time interval.

Final month, Graham begged Fox Information viewers to donate to his marketing campaign, bemoaning that he was “being killed financially” by Harrison.

“This cash is as a result of they hate my guts,” Graham stated throughout an look on “Fox & Buddies” on Sept. 24. 

“Assist me,” Graham advised viewers a couple of hours later throughout an interview with Fox Information prime-time host Sean Hannity. “They’re killing me moneywise. Assist me. You probably did final week. Assist me once more.”

The demise of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has heightened the stakes in Graham’s reelection marketing campaign. Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has come underneath hearth following Ginsburg’s demise for his flip-flopping stance on whether or not a Supreme Court docket emptiness needs to be crammed throughout a presidential election yr.

Graham is looking for to swiftly push by way of the Senate affirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to exchange Ginsburg. However in 2016, Graham backed a controversial determination by Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to dam affirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, then-President Barack Obama’s choose to exchange the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

McConnell, Graham and different Republicans had stated on the time that Garland’s affirmation hearings would have been too near the 2016 election and that whoever gained the election ought to choose the Supreme Court docket nominee.

Scalia died 269 days earlier than the 2016 presidential election. Ginsburg died 46 days earlier than the 2020 presidential election. What’s extra, early voting had already begun in some states for this yr’s election.

Graham claimed final month that Harrison, who served because the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Celebration from 2013 to 2017, took in $6 million within the 72 hours after Ginsburg’s demise. Harrison’s marketing campaign hasn’t but disclosed how a lot cash he raised in that point interval.

Current polling exhibits Graham and Harrison in a digital tie. Every candidate acquired 48% of the vote in a Quinnipiac ballot performed final month.

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