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South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison says he has raised $1.5M for Senate bid

South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison says he has raised $1.5M for Senate bid
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Democrat Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonCostco raising minimum wage to an hour New Democratic Party chief announces top hires Trump's new PAC raised millions as he sought to overturn election results MORE has raised $1.5 million for his bid to oust Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits Senate braces for 'God-awful,' 'stupid' session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote MORE (R-S.C.) next year, a sizable haul for a candidate who announced his campaign about a month ago.

Harrison, a Democratic National Committee official and former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, confirmed the second-quarter total to The Hill. Roughly $1.3 million was raised in the second quarter of 2019.

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In a subsequent email to reporters, Harrison’s campaign said the fundraising haul came from more than 60,000 contributions, including 57,100 in the second quarter. The average donation size was $26.

Candidates for federal office have until July 15 to report their second-quarter fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission.

Harrison announced his challenge to Graham in the final days of May, and has said it could take about $10 million to defeat the three-term incumbent. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is backing Harrison’s bid.

Graham won his most recent reelection campaign, in 2014, by more than 15 points, and President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE beat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE in South Carolina by more than 14 points that same year.

But Harrison has pointed to the recent Democratic victories in other red states, like Kansas, to argue that he’s within striking distance of Graham.

The 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest may provide a potential boost to Harrison. South Carolina is a crucial early primary state and has drawn significant attention from those seeking the party’s nomination. Democrats argue that the primary contest could bolster the party’s candidates down ballot.

Updated at 9:30 a.m.