South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign just got a bit of a boost.
According to The Hill, a third-party candidate looking to unseat Graham has dropped out of the running and thrown his unabashed support behind the incumbent senator.
The Hill reports that Bill Bledsoe of the Constitution Party cited Graham’s “efforts as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to usher President [Donald] Trump’s judicial nominees to federal courts across the country” as the primary reason for his move.
“Make America great again”
The announcement of Bledsoe’s endorsement came Thursday.
“This is the most important election in my lifetime,” the now-former Senate hopeful said, according to The Hill. “I appreciate Senator Graham’s work helping President Trump confirm over 200 conservative judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench.”
Bledsoe also said he’ll be following Trump’s advice to “re-elect Lindsey Graham in order to help make America great again.”
“I will be voting for President Donald Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham on November 3rd, and I urge every freedom-loving South Carolinian to do the same,” he said in his Thursday statement, as The Hill reported.
Every little bit helps
Bledsoe might not have had a ton of support in the Palmetto State, but his endorsement could be the boost that Graham needed to bring this race home. According to The Hill, recent polling puts Graham and his Democrat opponent, Jaime Harrison, in a dead tie for the South Carolina Senate seat.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll, taken at the end of September, had both Graham and Harrison at 48%, Politico noted.
But that’s not the only bad news for the Republican senator. Graham is getting slaughtered in fundraising right now — not so much because his support has dropped off, but rather, because of the massive amount of money that rich and powerful Democrats are pouring into races to defeat the GOP at all levels.
Still, South Carolina Republicans like former party chairman Matt Moore are remaining optimistic.
“South Carolina Republicans always show up at game time,” Moore told the Associated Press last month. “Despite the claims of Democrats that they’ve made up ground in the past, there are still no [statewide] elections the [South Carolina Democratic] party can point to where they’ve won.”