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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham projected to win Senate race in South Carolina

Key Points
  • Graham defended his South Carolina Senate seat against Jaime Harrison in a brutal fight.
  • Harrison ran a campaign that focused, in part, on Graham's allegiance to President Donald Trump.
  • Many polls showed the race tied or close right up until Election Day.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham declares victory in South Carolina Senate race

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is projected to win his bid for reelection, according to NBC News. He defended his South Carolina Senate seat against Democrat Jaime Harrison in a brutal fight.

Harrison seemingly came out of nowhere to take on the longtime South Carolina incumbent. He ran a campaign that focused, in part, on Graham's allegiance to President Donald Trump.

Harrison became one of the most successful Senate candidates in the fundraising game. He raised $57 million in the third quarter, outpacing Graham.

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to supporters after conceding to his challenger, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on November 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Michael Ciaglo | Getty Images

Those fundraising victories led to a flood of outside money into the race, including millions spent by a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Many polls showed the race tied or close right up until Election Day.

Graham had never faced an opponent who raised as much money as Harrison.

The South Carolina lawmaker ran on a platform that included claims that Harrison, a leader within the Democratic National Committee, has ties to the more progressive side of the party.

For Democrats, Graham's victory could be a blow to having a chance at becoming the majority in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks at his election night party in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. November 3, 2020.
Sam Wolfe | Reuters

The Cook Political Report marked the race as a toss-up. NBC News projected earlier on Tuesday that John Hickenlooper defeated Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

Democrats can still pick up victories in Senate races in Maine, Montana, Iowa, Arizona or North Carolina. Those were labeled either as toss-up or "lean Democrat" going into Election Day.

This is developing news. Check back for updates.