Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was formerly seen as a moderate Republican, and he was disgusted by the antics of then-candidate Donald Trump on the 2016 campaign trail. Graham famously tweeted that Republicans would get "destroyed" and "deserve it" if they nominated Donald Trump, whose bigotry he wasn't afraid to call out.
But since Trump's ascension to the Presidency, Graham has become one of his most shameless allies, defending him on everything from his extortion of Ukraine to his violent rhetoric.
Lindsey Graham is up for reelection, with November fast approaching, and the Senator just learned that he's not the only one whose allegiance can change.
Richard Wilkerson—a Michelin executive and top donor to Graham—recently announced that he'd be supporting Graham's Democratic challenger: South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison.
Harrison once worked as a lobbyist for Michelin, urging Congress to pass more fuel efficient tire standards and standards for greenhouse gas reduction.
Wilkerson said of the Harrison:
"I am confident that as our next U.S. Senator he will be a tireless advocate for creating well-paying jobs, improving our state's healthcare system, and training the next generation for the jobs of tomorrow. Jaime is the perfect candidate to bring together South Carolinians from all walks of life. I am proud to endorse Jaime today, and I know first hand he is the change South Carolina needs."
Harrison was quick to celebrate the endorsement on Twitter.
Even @LindseyGrahamSC’s strongest supporters know he’s forgotten about them and that it’s time for change. Dick Wi… https://t.co/9v1Tw4Vy1N— Jaime Harrison (@Jaime Harrison) 1588098218.0
Harrison wasn't the only one celebrating.
Great news! #turnsenateblue https://t.co/zzZYfj5R8b— Edwin Eisendrath (@Edwin Eisendrath) 1588250549.0
That’s got to sting. Good. https://t.co/fHZqh0ITG9— TXviaNYC (@TXviaNYC) 1588225948.0
Good news! Good choice: You! Good-bye @LindseyGrahamSC https://t.co/OoS12Hb3T0— Fred Hoffman (@Fred Hoffman) 1588250669.0
THIS make me happy https://t.co/jvwx7IZzdQ— Rob Wagner 😷😷🍸🍸 (@Rob Wagner 😷😷🍸🍸) 1588111884.0
Excellent news. @LindseyGrahamSC passed his sell-by date long ago. He’s thoroughly curdled. https://t.co/A5noatK8RA— patrickesnyder (@patrickesnyder) 1588110376.0
This is a huge endorsement! Not only is he a former Graham backer, Wilkerson is also an incredibly influential memb… https://t.co/V39Ygg3idU— Eric Perless ⛰ (@Eric Perless ⛰) 1588099514.0
Harrison still faces an uphill battle in heavily Republican South Carolina, but a path to victory isn't exactly a nonstarter. Recent polling shows Graham ahead of Harrison by only four points. Just one month ago, other polling showed Graham ahead by 17.
Harrison's supporters see a path to victory.
That is HUGE. Harrison has a real shot to win this. https://t.co/GJm1fZffdC— Social Distancing World Champion (@Social Distancing World Champion) 1588110681.0
Don’t sleep on the U.S. Senate race in S.C. Lindsey Graham is in serious danger of losing his seat. https://t.co/jS7g3N6FTj— T Ray-Ray (@T Ray-Ray) 1588101303.0
We can take the Senate back https://t.co/9DfA2799qg— @Skipj61 (@@Skipj61) 1588248774.0
Wilkerson's not the only one who can help back Harrison for Senate: You can too!