South Carolina’s Jim DeMint continues to endorse Senate candidates who are running against establishment Republicans. The race for Joe Biden’s former Delaware seat in the Senate pits DeMint’s candidate against the choice of fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Friday, Senator DeMint endorsed candidate Christine O’Donnell there while Senator Lindsey Graham supports mainstream GOP Representative Mike Castle. Both South Carolina senators represent two sides of that party. Graham, the more moderate candidates and DeMint, more to the right. DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is backing candidates nationwide who lean more toward the Tea Party than the Grand Ole Party.
In interviews with SCRN, Graham said he wants to grow the party; DeMint said his aim is to be surrounded by more people who think like himself. All the while, both senators are continually in the national media as spokesmen for their respective brands of the party.