Graham opponent says he raised $1M in a day after poll showed tied race

Graham opponent says he raised $1M in a day after poll showed tied race
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South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonOn The Money — Biden's battle with inflation Democrats start blitz to sell infrastructure Media narrative got education's role in Virginia election backwards MORE announced Thursday that he raised $1 million within a day after a poll found him tied with incumbent Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R).

“Y'all, I am speechless. We have raised over $1 MILLION in the last 24 hours,” Harrison tweeted. 

“This campaign is powered by you. It is funded by you. It is inspired by you. Together, we are going to make history in 47 days. We are going to beat @LindseyGrahamSC,” Harrison added.

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A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found Graham and Harrison garnering 48 percent support each among likely voters in South Carolina

Graham has won reelection by double-digit margins since he was first elected in 2002, but Harrison has emerged as a formidable challenger, raising millions for his campaign in the state President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE carried by more than 14 points in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “lean” Republican.

The Quinnipiac poll also found that Graham's support narrowly trails that of Trump, while Harrison slightly outperforms Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE, raising questions over conservatives' argument that Trump’s support among his base will help lift GOP candidates down-ballot. 

Graham held a cash advantage over Harrison at the end of July, with the Republican reporting $15 million in cash reserves compared to Harrison’s $10.2 million. 

A win in the South Carolina Senate race would help Democrats as they seek to pick up three or four Senate seats — depending on which party wins control of the White House — to take control of the Senate. In addition to the increasingly tight race in South Carolina, several GOP senators are in vulnerable positions heading into November including tight races in North Carolina, Montana, Maine, Iowa, Georgia and Colorado.