Lindsey Graham Is 'Vulnerable' After Flip-Flop on Trump, Says Challenger

Lindsey Graham's Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison said the incumbent was "vulnerable" in South Carolina's coming Senate race over his "flip-flopping" on President Donald Trump.

Appearing on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on Wednesday, Harrison said Sen. Graham went from "having a backbone to not having one at all" after the 2016 Republican primary race and Trump's election victory.

The Democrat also accused Graham of being a "missing in action senator" with less than four months to go until the November elections.

Speaking to CNN last night, Harrison said: "It's almost like watching a live version of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The flip-flopping is just amazing. I've never seen it in all the years that I've been studying politics, to see someone to go from having a backbone to not having one at all. And that's what we see in Lindsey Graham.

Sen. Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C.
Lindsey Graham attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans' opposition to D.C. statehood on Capitol Hill July 1, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

"And that's why he's vulnerable in this election, because a lot of people in this state who were just like me, who respected Lindsey Graham, thought he stood up for the state. But this guy has been a missing in action senator."

Harrison added that Graham cared more about "tea times" with the president than "working for the people of South Carolina."

"We're going to beat him because he hasn't been here, and I'm talking about the issues people are really concerned about," the Democratic challenger said.

Newsweek has contacted Sen. Graham's election campaign for comment. This article will be updated with any response.

Although there has not been much in the way of neutral polls coming out of South Carolina in the past few months, the numbers have generally looked good for the incumbent senator.

According to a Gravis Marketing poll of 604 likely voters in the state, Graham had a 7-point lead over Harrison as of July 17. Forty-eight percent of state voters said they would be backing the GOP senator, wh‎ile 41 percent opted for his Democratic challenger.

Another poll conducted by ALG Research between July 15 and 20 found that Graham led Harrison by four points, with almost half of likely South Carolina voters backing him.

But when it comes to the matter of fundraising, Harrison has consistently outstripped the GOP incumbent this year. The Democrat's campaign announced earlier this month that it had raised almost $14 million in the second quarter of this year, almost doubling his $7.4 million first quarter haul.

Graham raised around $8.4 million in the second quarter and $5.6 million in the first quarter, according to the Post and Courier.

Cook Political Report analysts favor the GOP incumbent's chances in November, describing the Senate race as a "likely Republican" seat.