Democratic South Carolina Senate nominee Jaime Harrison on Wednesday slammed Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Trump signs legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: ‘He’s on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home’ MORE’s (R-S.C.) decision to pull out of debate scheduled for Wednesday.
“This is probably the most historic Senate race in the history of this state, and to have Sen. Graham ducking and dodging [the debate] is really sad, but it’s a testament to who he is,” Harrison said on SiriusXM’s “The Laura Coates Show.” “He believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C., instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina. And that’s why he’s on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home.”
In a statement provided to WYFF, Graham’s campaign said the debate would need to be postponed due to Senate votes scheduled in Washington, including the vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley Amy Coney Barrett is beacon for new kind of feminism in America MORE to the Supreme Court.
Speaking to Coates on Wednesday, Harrison said, “We are building something because we are focusing like a laser on the people in the state. As I said so many times on this campaign trail, we’re about to close the chapter on the old South and write a brand new book called the new South, one that is bold, that is inclusive and diverse.”
This would have been the second time the two candidates debated. A previous debate was canceled after Graham’s and Harrison’s teams disagreed over a requirement to take a COVID-19 test beforehand. Harrison said he would not participate in the debate without a negative COVID-19 test from his opponent, which Graham declined to provide.
In a series of tweets, Graham said, “Appears @harrisonjaime is skipping tonights debate. Mr. Harrision is ducking the debate because the more we know about his radical policies, the less likely he is to win. It’s not about medicine, its politics. His liberal views are a loser in South Carolina – and he knows it!”
During the one and only debate the South Carolina candidates took part in, Harrison brought his own plexiglass barrier to place between himself and Graham.
The South Carolina Senate race remains tight.
A New York Times-Siena College poll released on Thursday showed Graham ahead of Harrison by 6 points, but other polls have shown the two men essentially neck and neck, and Harrison raised a record $57 million in the third quarter. Graham raised about $28 million.
On Tuesday, former President Obama released an ad urging South Carolinians to vote for Harrison.
“Hey, South Carolina. If you want a senator who will fight for criminal justice reform, lower college costs and make health care affordable, you’ve got to vote for my friend Jaime Harrison,” he said.