Democrat Jaime Harrison said Thursday that he raised $270,000 in the 24 hours after announcing his bid to oust Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op MORE (R-S.C.).
The six-figure haul came from nearly 9,500 contributions, Harrison’s campaign said, with an average donation size of just $29.
Wow. In the 24 hours since we launched this campaign we have raised $270,000 — and our average contribution is only $29! I’m feeling blessed, humbled, & excited by your trust. Now let’s keep it up and #SendLindseyHome!
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) May 30, 2019
Harrison, who served as the first African American chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, formally announced his campaign this week with an online video in which he blasted Graham as a political opportunist who supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE only after doing so became advantageous.
That video, Harrison’s campaign said, has been viewed more than 1.1 million times.
ADVERTISEMENTHarrison’s Senate bid is likely to be a tough one. South Carolina hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006, and Trump won the state by 14 points in the 2016 presidential election.
On top of that, Graham has a well-financed campaign operation. He reported raising more than $2 million in the first quarter of 2019 — a bigger haul than some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — leaving him with roughly $4.6 million in cash on hand, according to his most recent federal filings.
Harrison, however, is hinging his campaign message on the notion that Graham is a Washington insider who has “traded his moral compass for political gain.”
“Sometimes people have been in Washington too long and I think Lindsey’s probably one of them,” Harrison told The Hill in an interview following his campaign announcement on Wednesday.
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