Much like Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is facing a very uncertain political future, with his poll numbers flagging and voters in his home state making it clear they aren’t exactly delighted with the way Graham continually defends Trump, no matter what he says or does.
And now voter disappointment is showing up in fundraising totals for the first quarter of the year, CNN reports:
“South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison outraised GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham in the first quarter of 2020, according to fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.
“Harrison’s campaign brought in a total of $7.2 million in the first three months of 2020, while Graham brought in nearly $5.6 million. Campaigns were required to file their fundraising reports for the first quarter, which ended on March 31.”
Yes, you read that correctly: The incumbent was beaten in fundraising by $1.6 million, and that doesn’t exactly bode well for Graham as the race moves forward, especially since polls also show the race between Harrison and Graham to be extremely close.
The most recent poll conducted by Brilliant Strategies in March shows Graham with a very slim four-point lead over Harrison, who is getting lots of political support from heavyweights in the Democratic Party, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and even nods from likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is expected to lend a hand, along with former President Barack Obama.
Things began looking bad for Graham when his state held their primary a little more than a month ago.
In the South Carolina primary, voter turnout showed a dramatic spike, according to Vox:
“With 94 percent of precincts reporting, and the final 6 percent nearly finished with their tallies, South Carolina’s Election Commission has found 524,000 voters cast ballots in Saturday’s primary.
“That total would appear to put the state on track to nearly match — or perhaps surpass — the turnout record set during Barack Obama’s first presidential race in 2008, when 532,000 voters participated, according to pollster and political analyst John Couvillon.”
The turnout numbers led Harrison to tell MSNBC host Joy Reid:
“The person who should be — probably had nightmares last night — is Lindsey Graham because the turnout, particularly in some of these traditionally Republican counties was unbelievable. It says to me that this new south is emerging.”
Even more disheartening for Sen. Graham is the fact that 2020 has the dynamics and feel of a wave election, which could well leave Democrats in control of the House, Senate, and White House. And in a wave election, there’s an excellent chance that Graham will be swept away, too.