Politics

LINDSEY GRAHAM OR JAIME HARRISON? WHO WILL WIN U.S. SENATE FOR S.C.?

Here is a quick comparison of the two:

Lindsey Graham

Image of Lindsey Graham

Party: Republican Party

Incumbent: YesPolitical Office: 

Biography: 

Graham received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1977 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1981. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and the South Carolina Air National Guard from 1989 to 1995. Graham worked as a lawyer in private practice prior to entering Congress.

Key messages

  • Graham said he voted in favor of the CARES Act and provided financial support to his constituents during the coronavirus pandemic. He said he would work with the Trump administration to support the development of coronavirus treatments and vaccines, secure funding for means-tested stimulus checks and school reopenings, and hold China accountable.
  • Graham said he helped businesses and created jobs when he supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. He said he would lower taxes, reduce business regulations, and invest in infrastructure.
  • Graham said Jaime Harrison (D) was too liberal for South Carolina. He said Harrison supported Nancy Pelosi (D), increased government involvement in healthcare, and providing healthcare to unauthorized immigrants.

Jaime Harrison

Image of Jaime Harrison

Party: Democratic Party

Incumbent: NoPolitical Office: 

NoneBiography: 

Harrison received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University in 1998 and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He worked as a world geography teacher, at the non-profit College Summit, and as a principal with the Podesta Group. His political experience included working as a policy advisor to Rep. James Clyburn (D), as chairman of the Democratic Party of South Carolina, and as associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Key messages

  • Harrison said he would work to reduce financial barriers to healthcare, lower prescription drug costs, protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and support rural hospitals.
  • Harrison said he would strengthen South Carolina’s economy by expanding access to skill-training and apprenticeship programs, incentivizing the creation of small businesses, and reducing taxes for middle and working class people.
  • Harrison said Lindsey Graham (R) was dishonest and out of touch with his constituents. He said Graham voted to limit healthcare access for those with pre-existing conditions, failed to secure substantial coronavirus loans for small businesses, and opposed extending coronavirus unemployment benefits.

Both Candidates have run several campaign advertisements against each other, but what you don’t see in these ads are what exactly they will do if they win? As this is always a question with any political candidate and there is never a guarantee as to them actually keeping their campaign promises, this race seems to be more about who is backing the candidate.

Lindsey Graham is backed by Donald Trump who leads in the Presidential Polls, while Jaime Harrison is backed by Nancy Pelosi, whom many feel needs to be removed from office. He is also backed by Kamala Harris, another Democrat that has been questioned on her American Pride and former President Barack Obama. Know your candidates background and their voting history, prior to making your decision at the polls!

Here is a snapshot of both political candidates financial campaign standings (this does not include any satellite spending from non affiliated organizations):

NamePartyReceipts*Disbursements**Cash on handDate
Jaime HarrisonDemocratic Party$28,996,589$18,770,534$10,226,055As of June 30, 2020
Lindsey GrahamRepublican Party$26,371,049$14,541,963$15,030,044As of December 31, 2018

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