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, with the FEC by midnight on Wednesday.
Harrison’s fundraising underscores the high-profile nature of the race to flip a Republican seat in deep-red South Carolina. Harrison, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, won early support from prominent party leaders, including former Vice President Joe Biden.
But Harrison faces a tough road in attempting to oust Graham, a three-term senator with close ties to President Donald Trump. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates the race as “solid” Republican.
“We’re so grateful for this outpouring of support from everyday people who are looking for leadership that puts them first,” Guy King, communications director for the Harrison campaign, told CNN.
Graham’s campaign announced his haul on Thursday, touting a “record-setting” first quarter. The campaign noted that Graham canceled fundraising events during the Senate impeachment trial and the final two weeks of the quarter since the President declared a national emergency.
“It’s truly humbling to see the tremendous support and momentum continue to grow for Senator Graham,” said campaign manager Scott Farmer in a press release. “Even after canceling numerous events and suspending our fundraising efforts for part of the quarter, Senator Graham still shattered personal and state fundraising records.”