Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison outpaced Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses MORE (S.C.) in fundraising during the first three months of 2020, marking the first time the Democrat has done so this election cycle.
Harrison raised more than $7.3 million in the first quarter of the year, dwarfing the $3.5 million he raised in the fourth quarter of 2019 and setting a new South Carolina record for fundraising in a three-month period, his campaign said.
Graham's campaign also surpassed previous fundraising highs and raised $5.6 million, bringing the senator's total cash on hand to $12.8 million. The total represents the most a state or federal candidate has ever raised in South Carolina history, his campaign said. Harrison has a little more than $8 million on hand.
“It’s truly humbling to see the tremendous support and momentum continue to grow for Senator Graham,” Graham's campaign manager, Scott Farmer, said in a statement. “Even after canceling numerous events and suspending our fundraising efforts for part of the quarter, Senator Graham still shattered personal and state fundraising records."
Despite Harrison's impressive fundraising hauls, the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman still faces an uncertain path to victory against Graham, a vocal ally of Trump. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan elections forecaster, rates the race as solid Republican. Trump also won South Carolina in 2016 by 14 points.
In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has indefinitely canceled in-person campaigning. Harrison, like many other candidates, announced last month that he would shift to virtual gatherings.