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Lindsey Graham Returns to the Senate with a Purpose After Re-election

by Sarah Smith

Nov. 6, 2020

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is approaching his next four years with a purpose, according to his victory speech on Wednesday. His purpose is to put national security interest ahead of everything else, to have the backs of military personnel, to stop the radical agenda of Nancy Pelosi and to give South Carolinians a voice in Washington.

“People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it,” Graham said. “I’ve never wanted my job more than I do now.”

Graham thanked his supporters in his victory speech for their votes and prayers. He also thanked his Democratic Opponent Jaime Harrison for all of his hard work and looks forward to working with him in the future. 

Graham won his reelection to senate over Harrison. The race was called on Tuesday night after just 36 percent of the votes were counted, according to Fox News. This is Graham’s 17th year on the senate floor, with republicans running the state’s senate seat for the past two decades, according to Fox News. 

Despite Harrison’s large amount of campaign fundraising, Graham was able to pull out a win. This was the closest senate race that Graham has had in his experience running for senator though, according to Fox News. In the past, Graham was able to win by double digit margins. This election cycle, the numbers were close with Graham at 55 percent and Harrison at 43 percent on Tuesday when the election was called.

Graham has shown loyalty to President Donald Trump over the past four years and was criticized for it by voters on all sides, according to Fox News. Many republicans openly criticized Graham for changing his policies on Trump considering the senator used to call him “crazy” and “unfit for office”. Since then, the senator has become one of Trump’s biggest fans. 

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