There are two states on the targeted list where Trump’s approval is in double digits. South Carolina is one. The other is Kentucky. What the two states have in common is that both have an outsized Republican senator whose sole mission seems to be propping up the president whenever and wherever possible. Whether violating a sworn oath, lying to interviewers, flagrantly contradicting himself, or repeating Russian propaganda as if it’s gospel, Lindsey Graham is on the job.
Republican incumbent: Lindsey Graham
Why Graham is a target: From Fox appearances railing against the Deep State to demanding the identity of the whistleblower to the most severe case of turncoat-ness ever played out in public, Graham has showed himself to be a freely spinning moral compass. If there is one thing he’s good at, it’s latching onto opportunity when it comes his way, regardless of what light or shade it might throw on his character. A favorite game on social media is Lindsey vs. Lindsey, comparing statements from the 1998 impeachment of President Clinton with Graham’s recent indignation at the attempt to hold Trump accountable for abuse of power.
It leaves South Carolinians wondering not only “Where is he?”—since he doesn’t show up for town halls—but also “Who is he?”
Democratic challenger: Jaime Harrison
Why we love Harrison: Jaime Harrison is a powerhouse fundraiser. In 2019 he set the record for more money than any Senate candidate in South Carolina history. So what does he do with this windfall? He forms a joint fundraising account called the Cunningham Harrison Victory Fund with Cal Cunningham (see North Carolina) to help his neighbor with the North Carolina senatorial bid. He’s also got a great resume. A Yale University graduate, Harrison served as Rep. Jim Clyburn’s director of floor operations when the congressman was Majority Whip. In 2013, he became the first African American to become the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
But more important than his impressive resume is Harrison’s warm affection for the people of South Carolina and his determination to make their lives better. Harrison was born in Orangeburg to a 16-year-old mother and raised by his grandparents. This gives him a deep understanding of people whom society sometimes forgets. He believes in lifting people up. “You never know when you lend somebody a hand, what that means for the rest of their lives,” Harrison says. “That’s the most important thing for me. Because I know how challenging it is when you’re poor in this state.”