Lindsey Graham giving $1M to help Georgia’s GOP senators


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, on a probe of the FBI’s Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he’s donating $1 million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia.

Graham won reelection to the U.S. Senate by beating Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, a fundraising powerhouse and former lobbyist, in a robustly contested race propelled by an onslaught of spending from both candidates and a slew of third-party groups.

Graham acknowledged Harrison’s bid was “the biggest challenge” he’d ever faced in a reelection, having raised about $100 million for his campaign run.

Graham told Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that Republicans need to counter a “tsunami of liberal money” flowing into Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.

Democrats already control the House while Republicans are still short of the 51 seats they need for majority Senate control.

In the Georgia runoffs, Democrat Jon Ossoff is looking to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock is facing off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

If Democrats were to turn both Georgia Senate seats they would claim a majority with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wielding tie-breaking vote power.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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