Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is aiming for a new poll that shows her in a dead heat with her Democratic challenger.
According to a Quinnipiac University opinion poll released on Wednesday, Graham and former South Carolina Democratic Party president Jaime Harrison are tied at 48% among potential Palmetto state voters.
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Harrison, a former lobbyist, made history in 2013 as the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Graham, a one-time outspoken opponent of President Trump when both competed for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has become one of the president’s biggest supporters in the Senate. Representing the Palmetto State in the former Congress Senate is running for a fourth 6-year term.
Polling analyst Pol Malloy from Quisipiac University said, “A winner in 2014, which was nearly 16 points behind in 2014, Senator Graham ended the first real trial of his Senate term. Trump’s apologist alleged That he is in an uncertain tie. ” .
Soon after the poll was released, Graham called it “very flawed”.
“It outlines Republicans by 10-12 points,” the senator alleged. “But having said that, we are taking it seriously.”
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The survey was conducted 10–14, with 969 self-identified potential voters questioned by live telephone operators in South Carolina. Thirty-four percent of those who questioned identified themselves as Republicans, 33% identified as independents and 26% as Democrats.
Graham said, “I told these people, show me any election in South Carolina, where Republican participation was less than 40%. In 2016, it was 46%. In 2008, it was 41%. That’s 46%. Is going to be very close. Independents are historically 25%, Democrats are around 28%. This is true for just 30 years. ”
Using more colorful language, South Carolina GOP Chair Drew McKissick Twitter was taken and Pol was featured as “10lbs of nuts in a 5lb sack”.
Soon after the poll was released, Harrison said on Twitter that “You don’t have to believe in miracles to believe that we can win this race. Once again, we’re all set in South Carolina.”
The Quinnipiac poll in South Carolina indicated President Trump’s leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden by just 6 points – 51% -45%. Trump won the state in 2016 by 14 points. The last time a Democrat won a Democrat election was in 1976, when Jimmy Carter, the former governor of the neighboring state of Georgia, ran the state.
Quinnipiac also released new poll numbers in Kentucky, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicating Democratic challenger chief Amy McGrath – a former Marine Fighter pilot – among 53% -41% of likely voters. McConnell – the top Republican in the Senate – is running for a seventh term in the chamber.
And the new Quinnipic number show Republican Sen in Maine. Susan Collins trailed the Democratic challenger – Main House Speaker Sarah Gideon – by 12 points – 54% -42%. Collins is running for a fifth 6-year term in the Senate.
Graham criticized the Quinnipiac poll in Maine, saying “Susan Collins 12. is not down”
Republicans enjoy a 53–47 majority in the US Senate, but the party is defending 23 of the 35 seats in the Chamber this November. And while at least half a dozen GOP seats are considered a battleground, Democrats are defending just one or two weak numbers.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Jason Donner contributed to this report