The Cook Political Report on Monday moved its forecast of South Carolina’s Senate race, which features Lindsey Graham (R) seeking re-election, from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican.”
The state of play: The race has tightened as Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic challenger, has proven himself to be a fundraising contender amid a favorable electoral climate for Democrats, driven by the coronavirus pandemic and a renewed focus on racial justice, per an analysis by Cook’s Senate editor Jessica Taylor.
- A Harrison victory would mark the first time that two Black senators occupied both of a state’s seats simultaneously. Sen. Tim Scott (R) is South Carolina’s other senator.
The big picture: Black voters in South Carolina were a key driver of Joe Biden’s primary victory in the state, which ultimately propelled him to convincingly win the Democratic nomination. Biden’s pick of Kamala Harris as his vice presidential nominee could further energize Black voters in the general election.
- That outcome could help drive additional turnout and enthusiasm down the ballot for Harrison.
Yes, but: Graham is still definitively the favorite. South Carolina hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in over 20 years.
The bottom line: “[I]t’s clear this race is becoming more competitive, and Graham faces an incredibly strong challenge,” Taylor writes.
Not gonna lie, I would love to see the little sucker-fish get his well-used ass kicked. Graham is the most blatantly opportunist member of the Republican Senate, ping-ponging from position to position depending upon which bigger fish he has sucked on to. It used to be funny when he was one of the Three Amigos, but now he’s the last one of’ ’em standing and our failed political press gives his fatuous opinions more weight than he deserves.