New Report Shows Top Trump Ally’s Future in Doubt

The Cook Political Report on Wednesday shifted the South Carolina Senate race from “lean Republican” in favor of incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) to a “toss up,” giving Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison a boost weeks before the election.

The nonpartisan election handicapper said it appeared that Graham would “cruise to re-election” earlier this year but on Wednesday described Harrison as “Democrats’ best recruit and a fundraising behemoth.”

“Many Republicans have privately voiced frustrations that Graham’s campaign didn’t take the challenge from Harrison — a charismatic 44-year-old African-American former state party chairman who tells a compelling story of growing up with a teen mother and being raised by his grandparents in impoverished Orangeburg — seriously enough from the get-go,” Jessica Taylor, the Senate and governor’s editor for The Cook Political Report, wrote in the latest analysis. 

Polls have shown the Senate race in a statistical tie after Graham enjoyed a double-digit lead earlier this year. A poll released late last month showed Graham in the lead by just a single point.

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