Graham arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 23, 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised $3.29 million last quarter, the most raised by a candidate in one quarter in South Carolina’s history and the highest total of any Republican Senate candidate in Q3, his campaign said Tuesday.

The big picture: A Democrat hasn't won a statewide South Carolina race in 13 years, per the New York Times, and Graham's 2020 challenger is seen by some as a long shot. Aside from being a leading critic of Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, Graham is one of the president's most loyal defenders, a fact that Democrats hope to use to their advantage, per the Times.

Go deeper: Graham's Democratic challenger accuses him of "comical" hypocrisy

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Right-wing media defanged by dissolving anti-Biden storylines

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.

A coronavirus alarm bell is going off in the Midwest

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Positive rate shown is the 7-day average from June 1 to Aug. 6, 2020; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A cluster of states in the Midwest are seeing more of their coronavirus tests coming back positive — potentially an early indicator of a growing outbreak.

The state of play: A high positive rate means that a higher share of those getting tested are sick. That could be because there are more sick people, or because a state isn't doing enough testing.

Biden clarifies comments on African American and Latino communities

Joe Biden delivering a speech in Delaware in July. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Joe Biden explained on Twitter Thursday night what he "meant" by earlier comments suggesting that "the African American community is a monolith."

What they're saying: "Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things," Biden remarked in an interview hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Black Journalists, Politico reports.