A political newcomer hopes to knock Lindsey Graham out of the U-S Senate next year. Nancy Mace is a small business owner in Goose Creek, the first female graduate of the Citadel and a former business partner in the controversial blog site Fits News.
Mace will challenge Graham in the primary. She made it official Saturday at a Berkeley County GOP breakfast.
Mace said that six months ago, the idea of running was not even on her radar.
“A few months ago folks approached me about running for this particular office. It’s not a decision that you take lightly, it is the U.S. Senate, it is serious business,” she told South Carolina Radio Network.
Mace admitted a campaign against the veteran senator will not be easy, but she added that it is not impossible.
Mace has gotten early publicity as a Tea Party candidate. She says she is “going to be campaigning as a Republican who is consistently conservative.”
“I believe that one of the biggest voting blocks in this discussion is common sense and I want to bring some of that common sense discussion into the dialogue,” she said, when asked about her Tea Party tag.
Mace is the third candidate to officially announce a bid for the U-S Senate. Upstate businessman Richard Cash– and Democrat Jay Stamper.
Other Republicans say they will make their decisions soon.
Sheree Bernardi, Charleston, contributed to this report.