Ominous Signs for GOP in… South Carolina?

Prominent election handicapper Cook Political Report has shifted the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) from “solid” Republican to “likely” Republican as the Judiciary chairman runs for a fourth term.

A Cook analysis of Graham’s race still shows the South Carolina Republican the likely favorite to retain his seat in the longtime Republican stronghold in November but notes that Graham is facing a more serious challenge from Jaime Harrison (D), his top opponent.

The shift comes as Harrison, the former state Democratic Party chairman, has sought to make Graham’s closeness to President Trump a top issue in his race, even as 55 percent of the respondents in a recent state poll said they approved of the job Trump is doing as president in February.

Harrison has also gained some momentum by raising more than $7 million in the first quarter, nearly $2 million more than Graham, and by gaining the endorsement of a former Graham donor.

Continue reading at The Hill.

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