South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison broke Congressional fundraising records, bringing in $ 57 million in the last quarter for his campaign in the US Senate against incumbent Republican and Trump ally Lindsey Graham as the Republican party is trying to retain control of the chamber in the November elections.
Harrison’s campaign said on Sunday the total was the highest ever in a single three-month period for a Senate candidate. This exceeds the $ 38 million raised by Democrat Beto O’Rourke in 2018 during the final fundraising period of his challenge to the race winner Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas.
Graham, a longtime senator, is tied with Harrison in a very competitive race.
Graham hasn’t released the fundraising totals for the previous quarter, though it’s likely he was overshadowed by Harrison. Graham last month put out a public fundraising appeal to help him follow Harrison, claiming on Fox News that he was “getting killed financially” by Harrison, who he said “would raise $ 100 million. in the State of South Carolina ”.
“Money is because they hate my guts,” Graham added.
At the end of June, the two candidates were roughly equivalent to around $ 30 million each, money largely coming from outside donors. For the entire race, excluding the most recent quarter, the Harrison State contribution amount is 10%. Graham’s is 14%.
“This campaign is making history because we are focused on restoring hope in South Carolina,” said Guy King, Harrison’s campaign spokesperson. “As Lindsey Graham continues to play political games in Washington, Jaime Harrison remains focused on the real issues affecting people here – like healthcare, broadband access and Covid’s help for businesses and families.
The latest fundraising report comes a day before the start of what is expected to be a contentious hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Donald Trump’s appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Graham is the committee chair.
His pledge to uphold Trump’s third court candidate has become a focal point of the Senate campaign, with Harrison frequently berating Graham for rescinding his previous pledges not to consider election year nominations. Graham responded by saying he believed the Democrats would do the same if given a choice.
Attributing the success of the fundraiser to grassroots support, Harrison’s campaign said the $ 57 million came in the form of 1.5 million donations from 994,000 donors. The average contribution was $ 37.
During the debate between Harrison and Graham on October 3, social media users across the country rang the tweet threads pledging to donate as often as they could. Within two days of that game, Harrison’s campaign said it had grossed $ 1.5 million – as much as the effort had raised in some previous fundraising quarters.
At the start of the campaign, Harrison, associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told The Associated Press he estimated it would take $ 10 million to win the race, an amount he believed he could raise given its relations at the national level. To date, it has grossed nearly $ 86 million.