Jaime Harrison raises $1 million overnight after new survey shows him tied with Lindsey Graham

Harrison's campaign has been compared to the 2018 bid of Beto O’Rourke, who took on Ted Cruz against long odds

Published September 17, 2020 11:25AM (EDT)

Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story


On Thursday, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that he had raised $1 million just in the last 24 hours.

Graham, who has won previous elections by comfortable margins and was a close friend of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has become a nationally controversial figure in recent years as he has tied himself heavily to President Donald Trump — despite being a fierce critic of him during the 2016 election.

Jaime Harrison, a former aide to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, has attracted national, shattering fundraising records for a South Carolina Senate race.

His campaign has been compared to the 2018 Texas campaign of Beto O'Rourke, who took on Sen. Ted Cruz against long odds, and raised tens of millions of dollars thanks to national animosity towards his challenger and a charismatic speaking style that attracted local grassroots support. O'Rourke went on to lose the race narrowly, and has since focused on supporting down-ballot races in Texas.

By Matthew Chapman

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