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Lindsay Graham to Face Strong Challenge From Jaime Harrison

Lindsay Graham has done quite an about face on Donald Trump. While seeking the Republican nomination in 2015-16, the South Carolina senator often slammed the then businessman, declaring him unfit for office. Today, he stands as one of the presidents staunchest defenders, nearly always arguing on his behalf.

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Graham’s current term ends in 2020 and all indications are that he will again run for senate. This time around, he will face a strong challenger in Jaime Harrison who currently serves as the Associate Chair of the DNC.

Harrison announced his intention to run last night on Rachel Maddow’s show. While the campaign will be difficult he feels replacing Graham is necessary. “Lindsey Graham can’t lead us in any direction because he traded his moral compass for petty political gain,” said the challenger. He’s forgotten about the people he represents: you. I want to move us ― all of us ― in the right direction.”

While speaking with Maddow, Harrison claimed that he used to admire Graham, “I used to think this was a guy who was a statesman, a guy who could stand above the fray and help solve the issues. But I’ve seen that he’s what [political commentator] George Will called a political windsock.

South Carolina is primarily seen as a “red-state”, but with last year’s election of democrat Joe Cunnigham to congress, the challenger feels there in an opening. ““We’re on the verge of a renaissance in the South, a new South,” Harrison said. “I really hope people will help join me in this effort.”

 



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