Graham calls poll showing him tied with Democratic challenger ‘very flawed’

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is taking purpose at a new poll that demonstrates him in a useless warmth with his Democratic challenger.

In accordance to a Quinnipiac University general public opinion survey introduced Wednesday, Graham and former South Carolina Democratic Get together chair Jaime Harrison are tied at 48% among the possible Palmetto State voters.

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Harrison, a former lobbyist, built heritage in 2013 as the initially African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Graham, a a person-time vocal opponent of President Trump when the two ended up rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has come to be a person of the president’s largest supporters in the Senate. The previous congressman is operating for a fourth 6-12 months time period representing the Palmetto Condition in the Senate.

“A victor by just about 16 details again in 2014, Senator Graham stares down the 1st real exam of his Senate tenure. Outspent and accused by some of becoming a Trump apologist, he is in a precarious tie,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy highlighted.

Asked about the poll before long immediately after it was launched, Graham referred to as it “very flawed.”

“It undercounts Republicans by 10-12 points,” the senator billed. “But possessing said that, we’re getting it significantly.”

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The study was done Sept. 10-14, with 969 self-discovered very likely voters in South Carolina questioned by are living phone operators. Thirty-four p.c of these questioned identified themselves as Democrats, 33% determined as Republicans and 26% as independents.

Graham highlighted “I’ve told these persons, clearly show me any election in South Carolina where the Republican participation was significantly less than 40%. In 2016, it was 46%. In 2008, it was 41%. It’s going to be substantially nearer to 46%. Independents are traditionally 25%, Democrats are about 28%. Which is just been correct for 30 decades.”

Utilizing far more colorful language, South Carolina GOP chair Drew McKissick took to Twitter and characterised the poll as “10lbs of ridiculous in a 5lb sack.”

Harrison took to Twitter quickly right after the poll’s release to tension that “You you should not have to feel in miracles to believe we can earn this race. At the time again, we are ALL TIED UP IN SOUTH CAROLINA.”

The Quinnipiac survey in South Carolina also indicated President Trump leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden by just 6 factors – 51%-45%. Trump gained the condition by 14 points in 2016. The final time a Democrat won South Carolina in a presidential election was in 1976, when previous Gov. Jimmy Carter from neighboring Georgia carried the point out.

Quinnipiac also released new poll quantities in Kentucky, which indicated Senate The vast majority Leader Mitch McConnell primary Democratic challenger Amy McGrath – a former Maritime fighter pilot – 53%-41% between probable voters. McConnell – the top Republican in the Senate – is running for a seventh expression in the chamber.

And the new Quinnipiac numbers in Maine show Republican Sen. Susan Collins trailing her Democratic challenger – Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon – by 12 factors – 54%-42%. Collins is operating for a fifth 6-yr time period in the Senate.

Graham also criticized the Quinnipiac study in Maine, stating that “Susan Collins is not down 12.”

Republicans appreciate a 53-47 the vast majority in the U.S. Senate, but the party’s defending 23 of the 35 seats up for grabs in the chamber this November. And even though at minimum a 50 %-dozen GOP seats are deemed battlegrounds, Democrats are defending just one or two susceptible incumbents.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Jason Donner contributed to this report