Sen. Lindsey Graham turned back a challenge from Democrat Jaime Harrison to win reelection in South Carolina on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected.
Graham had been a prime target for Democrats nationwide, who helped Harrison, the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, raise a record $57 million in the final quarter of the campaign.
Graham’s outspoken support of President Trump, along with his decision to go back on a pledge not to vote to confirm a U.S. Supreme Court justice in the final year of a president’s term, energized Harrison’s campaign, but with 39 percent of the vote counted on Tuesday, Graham led by 55 percent to 43 percent and the AP called the race for the incumbent senator.
On multiple appearances on Fox News, Graham asked viewers for donations, giving Democrats the impression that a victory in the race was possible.
Lindsey Graham: I’m getting overwhelmed... help me, they’re killing me moneywise. Help me pic.twitter.com/xaY9S6uaYM
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 25, 2020
But Graham, who was first elected to the Senate in 2003, showed that his support in the deep-red state was stronger than many Democrats assumed.
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