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Lindsey Graham pushes back Jaime Harrison’s historic challenge in South Carolina

Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) defeated tens of millions of dollars in attack ads – and a Democratic Party motivated to destroy it – with a win over challenger Jaime Harrison in the Carolina Senate race South Tuesday.

The AP called the race for Graham just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

The result represents a triumph for Graham in one of the most watched and contested Senate races this year, a contest that has threatened to end his three-decade career in Congress. National Republicans also breathe a huge sigh of relief, as a Harrison victory would have marked a remarkable Democratic encroachment on traditionally Republican territory.

Harrison, a former Democratic Party official and a rising star in its ranks, made a bet that he could harness grassroots and anti-Graham energy to make a household name and galvanize the participation of black voters in the ‘State. He entered the race from a distance and finished it with most outside tipsters giving him a solid chance of victory.

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