Though Harrison, who Clyburn joked “came into my life as an 11th grader” and had not been able to “get rid of … since,” remains the underdog in ruby-red South Carolina, his campaign has posted massive fundraising numbers in recent months. That has helped Harrison catch up with Graham, one of Trump’s biggest critics who became one of his closest allies in Congress.
“I think things are breaking in his favor. If we get the kind of turnout that we’ve been working on in South Carolina,” Clyburn said Tuesday, “Jaime is going to win that race.”
While Clyburn reiterated that “I think it has a lot to do with how good he’s run the campaign,” he posited that “it also has a lot to do with the hypocrisy of Lindsey Graham — too many people are sick and tired of this kind of stuff.”
The congressman pointed to the battle raging over Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and Republicans’ pledge to push her through days before the election.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will take up Barrett’s nomination beginning Monday, Graham has become a prime target of the partisan vitriol, in particular because he said in 2018 that he would not consider a Supreme Court nominee during an election year.