SC-Sen: Morning Consult Poll Has Jaime Harrison (D) Beating Lindsey Graham (R) 47-45

Some very good news today out of South Carolina:

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison has taken a two-point lead over Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a new poll.

Conducted by Morning Consult, the latest survey found 47 percent of South Carolina respondents saying they'd vote for Harrison, while 45 percent sided with Graham.

Morning Consult surveyed an approximate sample size of 926 likely voters in the state from October 11 to October 20 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

From Morning Consult’s results:

Across all the surveys, the most dramatic movement was seen in South Carolina, where Graham’s 6-point advantage over Harrison has evaporated. The latest survey showed Harrison with a narrow edge (47 percent to 45 percent) over the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman who has played a key role in the Senate GOP’s effort to install conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court. The lead for Harrison, one of the cycle’s most prolific fundraisers, is within the margin of error.

The same poll has Trump leading Biden in South Carolina 51-45. This is causing Graham to resort to this again:

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, asked Fox News viewers to contribute to his campaign after new polling shows him narrowly trailing his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

The Senate race in South Carolina has been rated a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report. Several recent polls have shown Harrison ahead or a tied race, while others have shown Graham in the lead. But Graham, a Trump loyalist, urged conservatives to back his campaign with their pocketbooks on Thursday.

“My opponent raised $2.3 million per day after Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg died,” Graham lamented during an interview with Fox & Friends. But he asserted that he would get conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated by Trump just over a week after Ginsburg's death on September 18, confirmed to the Supreme Court.

And this:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has seen a tsunami of Democratic small-dollar donations flood the South Carolina Senate race, says the sources of the massive amounts of money flowing through ActBlue and other groups need to be reviewed by policymakers.

Graham says that Congress has little idea who’s behind the huge inflows of money that have given his opponent, Jaime Harrison, and other Democratic challengers a major fundraising advantage over GOP incumbents in the final weeks of the campaign.

“Where’s all this money coming from ActBlue coming from? How easy would it be to just have a bunch of pre-paid credit cards?” he asked The Hill.

And this:

South Carolina Senate Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison strongly criticized Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday for pulling out of a debate that was scheduled to take place tonight.

Harrison has presented a strong challenge for Graham, who first became Senator in 2002. In the third quarter of 2020, Harrison's campaign drummed up over $57 million, the highest amount raised by a Senate candidate in U.S. history. Some recent polls show Graham and Harrison in a dead heat. Wednesday's debate was the second debate between the two candidates that has been postponed.

“This is probably the most historic Senate race in the history of this state, and to have Senator Graham ducking and dodging is really sad, but it's a testament to who he is,” Harrison said Wednesday on SiriusXM's The Laura Coates Show. “He believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C. instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina. And that's why he's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home.”

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