Graham, Harrison in statistical tie in Senate race: internal poll
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Democrat Jaime Harrison’s Senate campaign released an internal poll on Monday finding him in a statistical tie with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The survey, conducted by veteran Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, finds Graham at 43 percent and Harrison at 41 percent. That’s within the survey’s 3.5-point margin of error.
The poll found that 51 percent of respondents disapprove of the job Graham is doing. About 33 percent of South Carolina voters polled said Graham deserves to be reelected, with 59 percent saying it’s time for someone new.ADVERTISEMENT
“The polling paints a clear picture: This is a close and competitive race,” said Belcher, the president of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies. “A majority of voters don’t think Lindsey Graham deserves to be re-elected, and the more they learn about Jaime Harrison, the more they support him.”
Harrison still faces an uphill climb to defeating Graham, who is well-known in South Carolina and a staunch ally of President Trump.
The Democratic poll found Trump leading presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 8 points in the Palmetto State. Trump won there by 14 points in 2016.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has the state’s Senate race rated as “likely” Republican.
Still, Harrison raised an astonishing $13.9 million in the second quarter, compared to $8.4 million for Graham