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Graham to Democrats: 'Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.) told Democrats during a Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday that he believes Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE has a "good chance" of winning the November election. 

Graham's comments came as he was responding to Democratic criticism of the Republican process for moving Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettPolitical peace starts with everyday interactions A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds MORE's Supreme Court nomination. Republicans set up a committee vote on her nomination for next week, and the full Senate is expected to hold a vote on her by the end of the month. 

"Democrats generally look at people of a disposition like Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan. Now, y'all have a good chance of winning the White House. I don't know where the polls are going to be,” said Graham, the Judiciary panel chairman. 

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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharA Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Senators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit MORE (D-Minn.) cut in to say, "Thank you for acknowledging that." 

Graham replied, "I think it's true." 

The South Carolina Republican, who is facing a tough reelection bid, has aligned himself closely with President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE since he won the White House in 2016. 

But his comments come as Trump has trailed Biden both nationally and in several key battleground states. Biden has led Trump nationally by an average of 10 points, according to The New York Times.

He's also, based on an average of recent polling, currently leading Trump in multiple swing states, including New Hampshire, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. 

Trump has repeatedly rejected such polling, saying he expects to cruise to victory on Nov. 3.