The race between South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Jaime Harrison is tied, according to another new poll released Wednesday.
Harrison and Graham are tied at 48 percent among likely voters, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. It matches a handful of recent public surveys this month that have shown the two candidates deadlocked as Graham faces the toughest reelection campaign of his career.
The contest between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is also very close, despite Trump carrying South Carolina easily four years ago. Trump leads Biden, 48 percent to 47 percent in the poll, which was conducted prior to the presidential debate Tuesday.
Harrison’s image ratings are stronger than Graham’s: 48 percent of voters view Harrison favorably, while 35 percent hold an unfavorable view of the Democrat. Graham’s image is upside down, with 51 percent of voters holding an unfavorable view, and 43 percent viewing him favorably.
Harrison, who has shattered fundraising records in the state, is set to massively outspend Graham in the closing weeks of the election, despite Graham’s stature as one of the better fundraisers among Republican senators on the ballot this year.
The poll also found a relatively even split on the Supreme Court even as Republicans move to swiftly confirm Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee, to fill the vacancy following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Forty-nine percent of voters believe the winner of the election should fill the vacancy, and 47 percent say it should be Trump before the election. Graham, as chair of the Judiciary Committee, is moving forward on the nomination in the coming weeks.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,123 likely voters from Sept. 23-27 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.