AP: Graham defeats Harrison in highly contested US Senate race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Associated Press has called the race for South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat for Senator Lindsey Graham.

“This victory is an answer to a lot of prayers,” Graham said Tuesday night. “Everybody that prayed for me also voted for me and then some. So, to those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message. If you don’t get this message, it’s hopeless. Here’s the message I got -- people like what I’m doing and I’m going to keep doing it. I’m going back to the Senate with a purpose. I’ve never wanted my job more than I do now. I never appreciated my job more than I do now. I’ve never been more grateful to have it and I’ve never been more prepared to do it than I am right now.”

“Democrat Jaime Harrison raised $120 million from out-of-state liberals and I’d like to thank all them for their investment into our economy,” said SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick in a statement Tuesday night. “He spent his entire campaign hiding from voters, hiding from issues, hiding from the national Democrat baggage, hiding from everything except the wallets of Hollywood elitists and radical liberals. South Carolina is a Republican state, and he found out the hard way. We’re proud to reelect Senator Lindsey Graham and look forward to him continuing to represent us in the Senate.”

Shortly after the race was called, Harrison spoke to supporters in Columbia about the race.

“I’d like to congratulate Sen. Graham on a hard-fought campaign and a long career in Congress,” Harrison said. “You know, Sen. Graham and I may have our differences, but I hope he will maintain the spirit of cooperation he is known for while we take a step forward in creating a new South that is so possible.”

The race has resulted in the highest fundraising in the Senate. Harrison has set a statewide fundraising record. Meanwhile, Graham also set a fundraising record for Senate GOP candidates.

Before Election Day, the two candidates participated in two debates to discuss their platforms.

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Graham has served as U.S. Senator for South Carolina dating back to 2002.

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