Lindsey Graham's challenger in South Carolina Senate race breaks fundraising record
Jaime Harrison, a Democrat from South Carolina, raised a staggering $ 57 million in the past three months to overthrow Senator Lindsey Graham - setting a new record for a Senate candidate.
The South Carolina Democratic Party's first black chairman, a sum raised between July and September, surpasses former MP Beto O'Rourke's more than $ 38 million he campaigned against during his Senate campaign in the third quarter of 2018 Texas Senator Ted Cruz collected.
Despite O'Rourke's previous record, which Harrison has now surpassed by nearly $ 20 million, he ultimately lost the Senate race by three points, despite receiving more votes than any Democrat in Texas history.
"This campaign is making history because our focus is on restoring hope in South Carolina," Guy King, a spokesman for Harrison's campaign, said in a statement. "After 25 years in Washington, Lindsey Graham has transformed into someone voters no longer recognize, and these resources will be instrumental in our efforts to get Lindsey home in November."
PHOTO: Democratic Challenger Jaime Harrison and Senator Lindsey Graham will compete in the South Carolina Senate debate at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., October 3, 2020. (Joshua Boucher / The State via AP)
Harrison's campaign found the average donation from 994,000 donors was $ 37. He saw a total of 1.5 million donations and the total brings his donation total to $ 86 million so far.
The stunning figure completes an increasingly competitive month in the Palmetto State Senate race. Recent polls show the two men neck to neck, which shows how much the race has changed dramatically from the start.
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President Donald Trump won the state 14 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is expected to retake South Carolina against former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate.
Last month, in an interview with ABC News' Powerhouse Politics podcast, Harrison confirmed the climb he is facing in the reliably red state, telling ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC Political Director News, Rick Klein: "I was born I know what the story of David versus Goliath is."
But the former lobbyist has built a financial advantage over three-time incumbent Graham, who has emerged as one of Trump's key allies on Capitol Hill.
In two Fox News interviews in late September, Graham asked for campaign money to fill the void, and in one said, "My opponent is going to raise nearly $ 100 million ... I'm being killed financially. This money is because they hate mine . " Guts."
PHOTO: USen. Lindsey Graham will take part in the South Carolina Senate debate with Democratic Contender Jaime Harrison at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., October 3, 2020. (Joshua Boucher / The State via AP)
"I'm getting overwhelmed," he said in another interview. "Help me. They're killing me for money. Help me. You did it last week. Help me again."
In early October, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, drove $ 10 million to South Carolina to bolster Graham in the face of a bloody cash deficit, McClatchy said.
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Harrison consistently outperformed Graham for the first two quarters of this year, but the Republican's campaign hasn't yet revealed how much he raised in the third quarter.
Graham is sure to be in the spotlight in the coming week as the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs will begin hearings confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett - a controversial process that spurred Democratic fundraising in the final days of the quarter .
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