Harrison gained consideration for elevating enormous quantities of cash, however he was nonetheless an extended shot just some months in the past. South Carolina is a deep pink state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1998. President Donald Trump will win the state’s 9 electoral votes, MeSlop projected earlier Tuesday night time.

The Senate race appeared to tighten in the autumn. Harrison raised $57 million throughout the closing full quarter of the marketing campaign, the most important single-quarter whole by any candidate in US Senate historical past.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham pushed by way of Supreme Court docket Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation. The transfer fired up each Democrats, who painted the fast affirmation as hypocritical, in addition to Republicans desirous to get one other conservative decide on the Supreme Court docket. Graham had mentioned beforehand that he wouldn’t appoint a Supreme Court docket decide throughout an election yr.

Harrison was born to a single 16-year-old mom and grew up poor in Orangeburg, midway between Charleston and Columbia. He went on to Yale after which Georgetown Regulation College earlier than going to work for South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, essentially the most highly effective Democrat in the state. He later served as the primary Black chair of the South Carolina Democratic celebration.

Graham, a lawyer by coaching, had lengthy been concerned in South Carolina politics. He served 4 phrases in the US Home of Representatives and has held his Senate seat since 2003.

In the long run, Harrison’s momentum wasn’t sufficient to win in a Republican stronghold as Graham repeatedly tried to tie him to the extra progressive members of the Democratic celebration.

Trump received South Carolina by 14 factors in 2016, and carried the unbiased vote. In 2014, Graham beat his most up-to-date Democratic challenger by practically 16 factors.