Jaime Harrison announced Wednesday that he’s running against Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina in the 2020 election and is seeking to become the first Democrat to win a Senate race in the state since 1998.
In a comic-book style announcement video, Harrison shared his story of growing up in a poor family and working his way up, becoming a Yale and Georgetown Law graduate and returning to South Carolina to work. “My story is my story,” he says in the ad. “Lindsey Graham’s story is just comical.”
The ad then features Graham talking about President Donald Trump before he was elected, back when the South Carolina senator wasn’t a fan and called candidate Trump a “kook,” “crazy,” and a “race-baiting xenophobic religious bigot.”
The ad then switches to Graham’s thoughts on Trump after he became the only Republican left standing in the 2016 election: “No, I don’t think he’s a xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot.” “He deserves the Nobel peace prize and then some.”
Harrison makes his case to South Carolina, promising he’ll stay loyal to the people of his state:
“Here’s a guy who will say anything to stay in office. Lindsey Graham can’t lead us in any direction because he traded his moral compass for petty political gain. He’s forgotten about the people he represents: You.”
Watch the video below:
I may not be a superhero, but I am a proud South Carolinian, and I'm ready to fight for a better future for our state and our country. I hope you are, too. Find out how you can #JoinJaime and get involved: https://t.co/2jIqtqbKAB pic.twitter.com/zTjktJ1RpA
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) May 29, 2019
Harrison announced a Senate exploratory committee four months ago, hitting hard at Graham for his strong ties to Washington rather than their shared home state.
As the New York Times pointed out, a Democrat hasn’t won a statewide race in South Carolina since 2005. But Harrison told the Times that he genuinely believes he has a chance, especially with the rising black population in the state.
Harrison previously served as the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party, becoming the first black man to do so.
“If a Democrat runs the race I’m going to run, which is not about Democrat or Republican, or is not about left or right, but is about right or wrong — if a Democrat runs that type of race? They can win,” he said in an interview published Wednesday.