Graham Kicks Off Reelection Early, Hoping To Ward Off Primary Challengers

on October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 05: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters after a cloture vote for the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the U.S. Capitol, October... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 05: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters after a cloture vote for the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the U.S. Capitol, October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 51-49 in a procedural vote to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 1, 2019 8:10 a.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is wasting no time launching his reelection campaign, enlisting the likes of Vice President Mike Pence to ward off any potential primary challengers.

According to the Washington Post, Democrats’ 2018 inroads in the state have made Graham’s aggressive pendulum swing to the right risky, as he may shed moderates and independents who have contributed to his winning coalition in the past.

Jaime Harrison, the first black chairman of the state Democratic party, is reportedly considering a bid and would likely be able to count on support from 2020 presidential candidates, since South Carolina has one of the first primaries.

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