Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are millions ahead of their Democratic and third-party opponents heading into November’s general election.
Scott finished June with $3.7 million in cash on hand for his campaign and Graham finished with $2.7 million, according to federal campaign finance reports filed last week. Unlike Scott, Graham had significant primary opposition in June, spending $9.8 million to defend himself against six GOP challengers.
State Sen. Brad Hutto, an Orangeburg Democrat challenging Graham, has raised about $252,000 since March when he entered the race and has $51,000 left to spend.
Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, the Democrat challenging Scott, reported raising almost $66,000 and reported having about $2,900 left to spend.
Graham also faces Columbia Libertarian Victor Kocher and Charleston developer, drug felon and ex-S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who filed a petition this month to run as an independent.
Neither Kocher nor Ravenel have reported raising or spending any money.
Scott also has two third-party challengers.
The American Party’s Jill Bossi, a former Red Cross executive from Tega Cay, has raised about $11,400 and has roughly $3,300 to spend. Brandon Christina Armstrong, who filed a petition this month to run as an independent, has reported no financial activity.