The race to enter the Senate is likely to tighten in the fall. Harrison raised $ 57 million in the entire last quarter of the campaign, the largest quarterly sum of any candidate in US Senate history.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham passed the endorsement of Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The move has led both Democrats, who see the quick confirmation as hypocrisy, as well as the Republican Party̵7;s desire to get another conservative judge into the Supreme Court. Graham had previously said that he wouldn’t appoint a Supreme Court judge for an election year.
Harrison was born to a 16-year-old single mother and grew up poor in Orangeburg, between Charleston and Columbia. He went on to Yale and then Georgetown Law School before joining Senator Jim Clyburn of the South Carolina Democrat, the most powerful Democrat in the state. He then served as the first Black president of the Democratic South Carolina party.
Graham, a trained attorney, has long been involved in South Carolina politics. He has served four terms in the US House of Representatives and has been in the Senate since 2003.
In the end, Harrison’s motivation wasn’t enough to win a Republican stronghold as Graham repeatedly tried to tie him up with more progressive members of the Democratic Party.
Trump won South Carolina 14 points in 2016 and ran the independent vote. In 2014, Graham beat his most recent Democrat challenge by 16 points.