Sen. Lindsey Graham has a widened lead against his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison in what is expected to be one of the closest Senate races, according to a statewide poll released Tuesday.
The Republican from South Carolina has 48% support, compared to Harrison’s 42% support, the Morning Consult poll found. The survey was conducted among 903 likely voters from Oct. 2 to Oct. 11, after President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Graham has an outsize role in Barrett’s hearings, given that he is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Soon after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and Trump expressed his intent to nominate a replacement, Graham said he was ready to confirm a justice prior to the Nov. 3 election.
Past Morning Consult polls of the race between Graham and Harrison have shown the race as being much closer, even statistically tied. Quinnipiac University and CBS News/YouGov polls from September had candidates