‘One hundred percent not Lindsey Graham’
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In South Carolina, even the Democrats have supported Lindsey Graham in past elections. Danielle Vinson, professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University in Greenville, says that the support stems from not wanting someone even more right-wing to end up in the seat. But now Lindsey Graham is at risk, “This time around, they’ve actually got a credible candidate.”
Harrison plans to tap into those Graham-supporting Dems as well as some of the 400,000 people of color that are unregistered in the state. He has plans to get at least a quarter of those currently unregistered to the polls.
But it isn’t just Harrison’s electability that has put him play. Graham has lost a lot of ground with his previous voters. Christen Clinkscales from Greenville asks, “He’s been in office a long time, and what has he done?” She says her voting preference is “one hundred percent not Lindsey Graham.”
As Trump continues to falter, the SC Senator is still clinging to his side. Democrats who thought he was a “good person” before “don’t understand what’s happened to him.” And now they are donating to Harrison’s campaign. Plus, Harrison’s platform is something that life-long Republicans like Quattlebaum can stomach, “There’s not anything from a policy perspective that makes me think there’s no way I can support that.”
By tying himself so closely to Trump, Lindsey Graham may have opened the door for Jaime Harrison to walk right in.