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South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison addresses supporters during a drive-in October rally in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Cameron Pollack/Getty Images

Jaime Harrison is interested in chairing the Democratic National Committee and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has "confidence" that he can do the role, the South Carolina Democrat told the Washington Post Tuesday.

Why it matters: DNC Chair Tom Perez isn't expected to stay on in the role, and a committee rep noted he said several times previously he'd serve only one term. Clyburn is an influential figure and key ally of President-elect Joe Biden, who can pick a replacement.

What he's saying: "I can’t betray any conversations with Whip, but I know that it’s something that he seems to think that I could do. I'd put it that way," Harrison told WashPost.

  • While Harrison hasn't spoken with Biden about the DNC role or on joining the incoming administration, he said: "If that's something that they are interested in me doing, I'll definitely take a good look."

For the record: Harrison lost his bid for a Senate seat in this month's election to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) after raising huge amounts of money — including a record $57 million in the third quarter.

  • Harrison, who was previously South Carolina Democratic Party chair and ran for the national committee role in 2016 before bowing out to support Perez, told WashPost Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris contacted him on election night, and other senior Democrats including Clyburn later contacted him.
  • "I'm flattered," he told the news outlet. "But you know, at the end of the day it's about who the president-elect decides to be the next chair."
  • Reps for Clyburn immediately responded to Axios' requests for comment.

Go deeper: Clyburn says "defund police," other "sloganeering" cost seats

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Schumer plans to pick Gary Peters to run DSCC

Sen. Gary Peters. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is poised to name Sen. Gary Peters to head their party's Senate fundraising arm for the pivotal midterm elections, a move he hopes will allow him to retain his title, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Peters will be tasked with raising the enormous amounts of money Democrats will need to preserve their razor-thin majority. The appointment is something of a surprise, given the Michigander is viewed as a low-key Midwesterner.

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U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.

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Courage vs. coddling with China

Peng Shuai of China serves during the China Open in Beijing in 2017. Photo: Andy Wong/AP

The women's professional tennis tour suspended tournaments in China Wednesday out of concern for Peng Shuai, on the same day that a top business voice made excuses for Beijing.

Why it matters: Ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, some sports figures are taking on the regime — while Big Business shrinks from confrontation with the world's second-largest economy.