WATCH: Graham and Harrison face off in first debate

Polls show the candidates in a dead heat.

FULL VIDEO: Graham, Harrison face off in U.S. Senate debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - It’s one of the most-closely-watched races in the nation, with the majority in the Senate hanging in the balance.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham faces Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a key race that could aid Democrats' efforts to flip the Senate.

Graham has held his seat for three terms and is a close ally of President Donald Trump.

Harrison, a political newcomer, has outraised Graham as of late and polls show the candidates in a dead heat.

Graham and Harrison debated live on WIS News 10 on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

Several sister stations also carried the debate on TV and online: WMBF, WCSC, WTOC, WRDW and NBC affiliate WYFF. It also aired on C-Span.

Allen University hosted the debate, which did not have a live audience due to COVID-19 concerns.

The debate lasted one hour.

WIS News Anchor Judi Gatson served as the moderator. A panel of several other journalists from across the state also asked questions.

Panelists included:

  • Eric Weisfeld (WMBF)
  • Bill Sharpe (WCSC)
  • Adam Mintzer (WIS)
  • Joe Bustos (The State)
  • Alonzo Julian (Allen University)
  • Video submitted questions from Richard Rogers (WRDW) and Mike Cihla (WTOC)

SOUTH CAROLINA U.S. SENATE DEBATE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

WIS News 10 and Allen University are committed to maintaining a safe environment for this critical debate.

As previously mentioned, there will be no live audience and we are following all CDC guidelines.

The candidates will be spaced 13-feet apart, as will moderator Judi Gatson and our debate panel.

All others in attendance will wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.


Graham and Harrison will debate two more times before election day. Those debates will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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