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Democrat Jaime Harrison again outraises GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham in SC Senate race

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Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., over the second three months of 2020. 

COLUMBIA — For the second consecutive quarter, Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in his bid to unseat South Carolina's three-term Republican incumbent.

Graham raised around $8.4 million from April to June, according to federal disclosures filed Wednesday, falling short of the $14 million that Harrison brought in over the same period.

Despite Harrison's record-breaking three-month haul, Graham maintains a cash advantage in the race. He had $15 million left in his campaign account at the end of June compared with Harrison's $10 million.

The race, fueled largely by out-of-state contributions to both candidates, is by far the best-funded political contest in South Carolina history, ensuring both candidates will have more than enough resources to run far-reaching campaigns heading into the crucial home stretch.

Before this election cycle, $14 million was more than any U.S. Senate candidates in the state from either party had raised for their entire campaigns.

Harrison campaign spokesman Guy King said the second quarter figures are proof that "the momentum in this race is firmly on the side of Jaime Harrison’s grassroots campaign to bring back hope to South Carolina." 

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"Our record-breaking fundraising haul is equipping this campaign with the resources it needs to defeat Lindsey Graham, a politician whose 25-year career in Washington has disconnected him from the realities facing South Carolina families during this public health crisis," King said. 

In another unusually well-funded South Carolina congressional race, Democratic challenger Adair Ford Boroughs continued to outpace U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for the fifth straight fundraising quarter and now has more campaign cash to spend than the Springdale Republican for the final few months of the race.

Boroughs raised a little over $300,000 from April to June compared with $230,000 for Wilson, and she now has $715,000 left in her campaign war chest to Wilson's $500,000. Wilson's 2nd district stretches from parts of Columbia out through conservative Lexington County, Aiken and Barnwell.

Still, S.C. GOP chairman Drew McKissick expressed minimal concern about Boroughs' challenge, noting that a majority of her donors do not live in the district. The bulk of Wilson's donations come from corporate political action committees.

"Congressman Joe Wilson has proudly represented the Second District for 18 years, because he has the continued support of the many strong Republicans who live here," McKissick said. "The fact that out-of-district liberals don't support him is a good thing."

Most of the state's other incumbents enjoy substantial cash advantages.

Follow Jamie Lovegrove on Twitter @jslovegrove.

Jamie Lovegrove is a political reporter covering the South Carolina Statehouse, congressional delegation and campaigns. He previously covered Texas politics in Washington for The Dallas Morning News and in Austin for the Texas Tribune.

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