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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised the incumbent Republican for the first time in the race over the initial three months of 2020, setting a South Carolina campaign fundraising record in the process.
Harrison brought in $7.36 million to Graham’s $5.6 million, according to releases from the campaigns Wednesday night, meaning both of them easily outpaced the single-quarter state record of $3.9 million that Graham set at the end of 2019.
The huge hauls bring Graham’s campaign war chest up to $12.8 million and Harrison’s to $8 million as the candidates gear up for what is on pace to become by far the most expensive race in South Carolina history.
“We’re so grateful for this outpouring of support from everyday people who are looking for leadership that puts them first,” said Harrison campaign spokesman Guy King.
Graham’s campaign noted that his figures came despite a decision to cancel fundraisers during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and to suspend his fundraising operations for the final two weeks of the quarter as the coronavirus pandemic spread.
“South Carolinians clearly appreciate Sen. Graham’s steadfast leadership, conservative record of accomplishment, and relentless work on behalf of his constituents,” said Scott Farmer, Graham’s campaign manager.
Facing the best-funded Democratic challenger of his political career, Graham has been forced to up his fundraising game as he pursues a fourth term in the U.S. Senate….
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