Harrison to challenge Graham in upcoming U.S. Senate race

Published: May. 29, 2019 at 4:41 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - When Election Day comes around in 2020, Lindsey Graham will have a challenger for his seat in the United States Senate.

Orangeburg native Jaime Harrison will run against the longtime Republican senator in the upcoming election. The associate chairman and senior counselor for the Democratic National Committee made his intentions known on MSNBC Tuesday night on The Rachel Maddow Show.

Early Wednesday morning, Harrison released a comic book-themed announcement regarding his bid.

Graham was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. Since then, the Republican incumbent has been re-elected twice.

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick released the following statement on Jaime Harrison running for the U.S. Senate:

Democrats have spent months attacking Senator Graham for standing up for conservative values and refusing to give in to the liberal smear campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Gloria Tinubu and Jaime Harrison hope to extract revenge by rallying liberals across America to their cause, but they are going to learn the hard way that South Carolinians appreciate the leadership that Lindsey Graham has brought to the issues they care about.

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick

The National Republican Senatorial Committee also released a statement, saying: “Harrison is a looney liberal who was hand-picked to run by radical Washington Democrats,” said NRSC spokesperson Nathan Brand. “Lindsey Graham is one of the most popular U.S. Senators in the country because South Carolina voters know that he has delivered results and has been a tireless fighter for Palmetto State values.”

The 2020 General Election will take place on Nov. 3, 2020.

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