Graham has not yet disclosed his donation totals for the third quarter. He raised $ 8.4 million in the second quarter and had $ 15 million in the bank as of June 30. Graham has increasingly signaled that he is in dire financial straits: late last month he went on Fox News twice in a single day begging viewers to donate to his campaign and saying he was “overwhelmed”.
Harrison massively outdid Graham in the race. The Democrat’s campaign so far this year has spent $ 52 million on television and digital advertising, compared to $ 19 million on Graham, according to Advertising Analytics. By election day, Harrison has more than $ 16 million reserved while Graham has $ 4.8 million.
“As Lindsey Graham continues to play political games in Washington, Jaime Harrison continues to focus on the real issues that affect people here – such as health care, broadband access, and Covid aid to businesses and families,” said Guy King, a Harrison campaign spokesman : “After 25 years in Washington, Lindsey Graham has transformed into someone voters no longer recognize, and these resources will be vital to our efforts to get Lindsey home in November.”
Public and private surveys have shown the race to be extremely competitive. A Quinnipiac University poll late last month found the race to be 48 percent. An internal poll by the Senatorial Democratic Campaign Committee, conducted around the same time, found Harrison just ahead of 48 to 47 percent.