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Sen. Lindsey Graham easily wins GOP nod in South Carolina

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Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- About 45 minutes after polls closed Tuesday night in South Carolina’s primary election, incumbent Lindsey Graham was named the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Graham is eyeing a fourth term.

Graham’s team members said that after a little celebration, they planned to get back to work for the November general election.

The race was called for Graham by The Associated Press before 8 p.m.

He said: “We’re going to have a real contest in the fall. How do you say safe and prosperous? That’s the big issue. There is going to be a real difference in opinion on how to do that.”

All three of his primary opponents congratulated the senator.

Duke Buckner shared this statement via text message after the race was called:

"I want to congratulate Senator Graham on his victory tonight and encourage all Republicans across the state to unite and speak with a loud voice that South Carolina’s conservative values and beliefs will prevail in November.”

Michael LaPierre from Pickens County sent this statement via email:

"While disappointed in the results, we were honored to participate in a race for one of the highest offices in the land. Our team will pray that conservative values, virtue, and a focus on the free exercise of one’s faith will continue to have a place of prominence in South Carolina politics."

Joe Reynolds says the COVID-19 pandemic did force his team to do things a little differently, but he really enjoyed the experience.

A spokesperson for Graham’s campaign said he had hundreds of volunteers across the state to make sure the senator would win the Republican nomination.

“We keep sprinting. Senator Graham also believes we sprint through the tape in every race you run. Our attention immediately switches. We'll enjoy this for 24 hours and go on to the general,” said T.W. Arrighi, communications director for Graham.

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