Republican U. S. Senator Lindsey Graham has been re-elected to a third term.
The 59-year-old lawyer also steamrolled over six Republican primary opponents who said he wasn’t conservative enough in June.
Graham during his victory speech Tuesday evening in Columbia said he considers the win validation of his approach to seek compromise with Democrats to solve the country’s problems while remaining true to his conservative beliefs. “Can a conservative Republican congress work with a liberal Democratic President to move our nation forward? That’s the question before the American people tonight. The answer should be yes. I believe it must be yes.” Graham said.
Graham not only beat Democratic state Senator Brad Hutto of Orangeburg, but also former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign. Libertarian Victor Kocher also was running.
Graham and Strom Thurmond are the only people to hold the seat since 1956.