Obama urges South Carolina voters to elect Jaime Harrison

Jaime Harrison is running against Lindsey Graham for a seat on the U.S. Senate

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Barack Obama has made it clear he wants South Carolinians to vote for Jaime Harrison.

Harrison of South Carolina is gunning for a seat on the U.S. Senate and he has a well-known supporter on his side. Obama released a special video urging voters to place a ballot for Harrison in the upcoming election and says if you want a candidate who will fight, vote for Harrison.

“If you want a Senator that will fight for criminal justice reform, lower college costs, and to make health care affordable, you’ve got to vote for my friend, Jaime Harrison,” said Obama in a press release.

“This year you can vote early or you can vote on election day, November third. Early voting is happening right now. Go to iwillvote.com to find your early vote location, make your plan, and vote for Jaime today.”

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Harrison is up against Lindsey Graham for the seat. Graham has held his spot since 2003 but according to Politico, by going up against Harrison, he’s “been forced into the race of his life” because Harrison is the “best-funded Senate candidate in American history.”

Harrison brought in $57 million in campaign funds in the third quarter of this year alone which beat the $28 million Graham brought in for the same quarter.

Screenshot of Debate (via CSPAN)

“This campaign to bring hope back to South Carolina is getting stronger every day,” Harrison said in the press release. “As Senator, I will fight to bring strong character and values back to Washington, where too many politicians are playing political games instead of fighting for us. It is an honor to receive the support of President Barack Obama, and I will continue to fight to restore hope to South Carolinians in the midst of this pandemic.” 

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The Orangeburg, South Carolina native comes from humble beginnings. He was born to a teenage mother and raised by his grandparents and said watching his grandparents’ home being taken from them inspired him to become a lawyer.

“I came into this world as an underdog,” said Harrison told the City Paper. “The odds were always long for me in terms of whether or not I could succeed and break out of the generational poverty.”

Despite election day being a few weeks away, Harrison says he already won the race in a way.

“See, I’ve already won. Seriously, I’ve already won,” he told the publication. “This campaign is about bringing hope back. It is about inspiring a whole new generation of leaders. Letting folks know that they can do things that they can achieve and be what they want to be.”

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