Both major political parties spent unprecedented amounts on their campaigns in 2020. And it wasn’t only spent on presidential candidate Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump.
Democrats poured plenty of money into other races, and that included the race for a big Senate seat. They’d hoped to oust Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during this year’s election.
But it didn’t work out.
And that’s doubly unfortunate, given the unheard-of amount of money spent on challenger Jamie Harrison’s upset bid.
Prior to the election, the Democrat candidate announced a record-breaking fundraising haul of $57 million in the third quarter. All told, he managed to raise well over $100 million.
That number is by far the most of any Senate candidate in American history.
However, Democrats didn’t get anything for their financial efforts, as Breitbart reported:
Democrat Jaime Harrison spent $104.1 million in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the most expensive loss in the history of the U.S. Senate.
The final numbers are quite outlandish:
While Harrison brought in $107.6 million, his campaign spent a whopping $104.1 million. This easily topped the previous spending record, set by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in 2018, with $85 million.
Another important note is that much of Scott’s total was self-funded.
In the weeks before election day, it appeared that Harrison was closing the gap in his race with Graham. But this caused Graham to redouble his campaigning efforts.
The three-term veteran hit social media hard, and spent some time visiting a variety of conservative talk shows. At the time, he warned that liberals were raising a huge amount of money to push him out.
Turns out he was correct. But in the end, the money didn’t result in victory for Democrats.
Graham won the race going away and retained the seat. And if Republicans hold the Senate, he will probably return as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Spending is an essential part of any campaign, as history tells us. But when over $100 million is spent on a candidate and that candidate loses, the loss feels that much bigger.
- Democrat challenger Jaime Harrison’s campaign spent over $104 million to unseat Lindsey Graham.
- It didn’t work, as Graham retained the seat.
- The $104 million is now the “most expensive loss in Senate history.”