In good news for the state, but bad news for Lindsey Graham, his Democratic challenger for US Senate, Jaime Harrison, has been rising in the polls and raising all kinds of money.
To be fair, it’s still kind of a longshot, but … Graham is trending downward and has an historically low approval rating for an incumbent: 35%. In addition, some 58% of South Carolinians say they want someone other than Graham representing them in the Senate.
Why? Well, maybe it’s because Lindsey Graham backs _____’s trade war 100%, even though he admits that South Carolina businesses will get hurt, and then told those owners to “accept the pain”.
Lindsey Graham defended _____ immediately after mass layoffs at Chemical manufacturer Archroma U.S., Inc. caused by _____’s multiple trade wars.
And while South Carolina is dependent on export income for soybeans, corn, and cotton, and while farming bankruptcies are skyrocketing, Lindsey Graham has done nothing to help.
This past week, Lindsey Graham angered his fellow senators when he pitched a letter pledging total fealty to _____, and promising that the GOP caucus won’t vote to remove him, no matter what crimes might be uncovered.
But this is about Jaime Harrison, the complete opposite of Graham: the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, the first black man to hold that position, Harrison is a Yale-educated attorney who taught high school. He is the son of a single teenage mom, raised by his grandparents so he knows the struggle those who live in poverty; he knows what it’s like for a family to have to choose between paying the electric bill and putting food on the table. Living in a poorer area, he’s seen what happens when a rural hospital closes, or coverage for pre-existing conditions is threatened, the health of all South Carolinians is put at risk.
That’s who he is, and this is how that’s working out for him; he now trails Miss Lindsey by just seven points, but he’s also bringing in money; this quarter, Harrison raised $2.1 million, the largest amount a Democratic Senate candidate has ever raised in South Carolina, and that breaks the previous record of $1.5 million, set by … Jaime Harrison in the last quarter. More importantly, completely unlike Miss Lindsey and her big checks from corporations and the 1% and Russian oligarchs, most of Harrison’s funding comes from small donors with over 60,000 donors giving an average donation of $26.
It’s the people supporting Harrison. But we have work to do down here if we want to send Miss Lindsey home permanently.