South Carolina Democrat posts $1.5M in challenge to Graham

July 02, 2019 - 8:00 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Democratic National Committee official has posted a record-breaking fundraising haul in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Campaign officials tell The Associated Press that Jaime Harrison raised $1.5 million in the second quarter. The campaign says that's the highest quarterly posting for a Democrat challenging a sitting Republican senator in the state.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is backing Harrison in the associate DNC chairman's effort to block Graham from a fourth term in 2020.

Flipping a Senate seat from red to blue in South Carolina would be difficult and likely would require millions of dollars in fundraising, an area in which national-level groups like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee would be crucial.

Harrison has said he thinks it could take $10 million to win.

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