Senator Lindsey Graham officially dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president on Monday. His campaign confirmed his decision earlier in the day. Graham, a South Carolina Republican serving his third term, addressed his supporters in a video and an email. Graham’s focus on national security and fighting terrorism was influential in the overall primary debate, but he was not well known outside South Carolina or the Senate. He failed to poll above single digits nationally or in the early voting states. Republican Senator John McCain shared his disappointment in Graham’s decision saying Republicans have lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate.
“Senator Graham has an incredibly strong and loyal grassroots network in South Carolina. Given Senator Graham’s huge primary victory in South Carolina just last year, the Graham network could have a major impact on South Carolina’s presidential primary.” – SC Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore
Graham stood out in the crowded Republican field by promoting his efforts at compromise with Democrats on issues such as reducing the federal debt and fixing immigration laws. Graham, 60, won a third Senate term last year after defeating a big crowd of primary challengers without a runoff.
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