Jaime Harrison breaks Congressional fundraising record in the race against Republican Lindsey Graham, according to his campaign.
South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison broke records in fundraising for Congress, raising $ 57 million last quarter for his Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham when the GOP tried the Maintain control of the Chamber in the November 3rd elections.
Harrison’s campaign on Sunday said the sum was the largest any Senate candidate had ever made in a single three-month period.
That surpasses the $ 38 million Democrat Beto O’Rourke raised in 2018 in the final fundraising phase of his challenge to Senator Ted Cruz, who won the race in Texas.
Graham did not post any donation totals for the previous quarter, although it is likely that Harrison dwarfed him.
Last month, Graham made a public plea for fundraisers to keep up with Harrison, telling Fox News that he would be “financially killed” by Harrison, who he predicted would “raise $ 100 million in the state of South Carolina.” .
“The money is because they hate my courage,” added Graham.
In late June, both candidates were brought to around $ 30 million apiece, money largely from non-governmental donors. For the race as a whole, excluding the final quarter, Harrison’s contribution is 10 percent. Graham is 14 percent.
“This campaign is making history because our focus is on restoring hope in South Carolina,” said Guy King, Harrison’s campaign spokesman.
“While Lindsey Graham continues to play political games in Washington, Jaime Harrison continues to focus on the real issues that affect people here – like health care, broadband access, and helping businesses and families with COVID.”
Senate Justice Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham speaks during the re-approval of the Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, the United States, on November 6, 2019 [Joshua Roberts/Reuters]The latest fundraising report comes the day before what is likely to be a controversial hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on President Donald Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Graham is the committee chair.
His commitment to confirming Trump’s third candidate for the court has become a focus of the Senate campaign. Harrison frequently reprimanded Graham for reversing previous promises not to consider nominations for the election year. Graham responded by saying he believed Democrats would do the same if given a choice.
Harrison’s campaign attributed the fundraising success to grassroots support, saying the $ 57 million came in the form of 1.5 million donations from 994,000 donors. The average contribution was $ 37.
During Harrison’s debate with Graham on October 3, social media users across the country got involved in tweet threads and promised to donate as often as possible. In the two days following that matchup, Harrison’s campaign said it raised $ 1.5 million – as much as the expense had increased in some previous entire fundraising quarters.
Early in the campaign, Harrison, an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told The Associated Press that it could cost $ 10 million to win the race, an amount he could raise because of his national connections. To date, it has raised nearly $ 86 million.