After losing to incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham by 10 points, Harrison sat in the living room of his Columbia home on Thursday watching his 1-year-old son play with a toy bus. He tried to sound upbeat.
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Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison spent more than $130 million en route to losing to Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham in South Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race this week, while Graham spent more than $100 million, according to their campaigns.
Far from the "New South" that Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison envisioned throughout his campaign, shifts were not dramatic in the biggest counties around the state, and in many smaller ones, Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham actually gained ground from his party's 2016 results.
The election amounted to nothing short of a bloodbath for South Carolina Democrats, losing not just almost every seat GOP seat they were hoping to flip, but also many of their own incumbents, including some of the party's most esteemed legislators in districts that were barely even on the radar of possible upsets.
After entering the race as the clear favorite in a historically conservative state that has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than two decades, Lindsey Graham went on to face a stronger challenge from Jaime Harrison than many political observers initially expected en route to his fourth term.
As South Carolina's high-profile U.S. Senate race barrelled toward election day, Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison spent the final week criss-crossing the state in pursuit of every last vote, leaving no stone unturned at the tail end of one of the most expensive electoral contests in history.
South Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison is shaping up to be one of the most competitive statewide contests the Palmetto State has seen in years.
The last-minute unity bid come as Harrison has sought to elevate third-party candidate Bill Bledsoe in the closing weeks of the race, running ads and sending out mailers to Republicans that call Bledsoe "too conservative" and "too pro-Trump" in an apparent attempt to peel off conservative voters from Graham's right flank.
The 10 S.C. counties with the highest early turnout include six that went for Clinton, including Charleston and Richland, and four that helped Trump, including Horry and Beaufort.
The rare pre-election rally from a vice presidential nominee in South Carolina came a day after Graham helped secure the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.