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Biden Chooses Jaime Harrison to Become Democratic National Committee chairman

President-elect Joe Biden has picked Jaime Harrison, the former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in South Carolina who raised record amounts of cash from his unsuccessful bid to unseat GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, to direct the Democratic National Committee, the transition group announced Thursday.

Harrison was one of a range of DNC officers declared by the transition team on Thursday, including three girls who had been believed to Mr. Biden's shortlist for vice president.

Another choices have been Representative Filemon Vela Jr. for vice chair, Jason Rae for secretary, Virginia McGregor for both treasurer and Chris Korge for federal finance chair.

In a statement, Mr. Biden predicted his selections"the top of the Democratic party"

According to convention, an incoming Democratic president has to choose who must function as chairman of the DNC and the decision is usually accepted with little resistance by party leaders.

Clyburn has emerged as a stronger Democratic Party powerbroker after he helped reestablish the presidential campaign of his great friend Mr. Biden having an 11th-hour endorsement before the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary last February.

Tom Perez, the current DNC chairman, didn't seek a second term.

Harrison's bid to the U.S. Senate was considered unlikely, but polling past summer put him or slightly ahead of Graham, who had never confronted a well-funded Democratic competition. Harrison finally dropped by 10 points raised $132 million to his effort, making his bidding among those best-financed ever one of Democratic candidates.

The president-elect has long standing ties to the Palmetto State, in which he is vacationed previously and was near the late Senator Fritz Hollings and has been a regular collaborator with the nation's late long-serving Republican senator, Strom Thurmond.

Mr. Biden will also have a say in who matches other high leadership positions, such as five vice chairmanships. These slots are anticipated to be full of elected officeholders, said among those people knowledgeable about this procedure.

The DNC, which includes hundreds of associates, such as state party chairmen, is set to hold its yearly winter meeting on January 21.

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