Here’s the good news. There’s a viable Democratic Party candidate in South Carolina who is stepping forward to challenge the current Republican Party US Senate Judiciary Chairman, Lindsey Graham who has become President Trump’s sycophant and water carrier. This will be an uphill battle but one worth waging.
According to data from the 2013 census, the South Carolina city of Charleston is 67.4 percent white, with African-Americans accounting for 29 percent of the population with about 5 percent of the population being Hispanic, and just 1.5 percent of Charleston races identifying as 2 or more races.
Besides the US Senate’s Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Graham is top on the list that Democrats want to see dethroned.
On May 28, 2019, Tal Axelrod of the Hill penned the following report, “Democrat to announce Senate bid Wednesday (5/29/2019) against Lindsey Graham”
“Harrison currently serves as associate chairman and counselor for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He first garnered national headlines when he unsuccessfully ran for DNC chair in 2017.
“He’ll face an uphill battle to defeat Graham in the ruby red Palmetto State. South Carolina has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1998. It voted for President Trump by 14 points in 2016 and Graham by over 15 points in 2014. Graham also entered 2019 with $3.2 million in his Senate campaign account.”
“However, South Carolina Democrats saw a glimpse of hope last year when Democrat Joe Cunningham upset Republican nominee Katie Arrington in the state’s 1st Congressional District.”
“Graham, who was first elected to the Senate in 2002, remains popular in South Carolina and has emerged as one of Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, flexing his muscles as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to help advance several of the president’s judicial nominees.”
“Instead of having a senator who’s pushing back on these types of things, he’s waiting to find his next lunch or dinner date with the president. That’s not helping the people of South Carolina. I want to represent people of SC,” Harrison told The Hill in February.”
“Graham said in February after Harrison said he would launch his exploratory committee that he was confident in his chances for reelection regardless of his opponent.”
“The question for voters … is, am I the best choice of the choices available,” Graham told McClatchy. “I think I’d make a good case, no matter who runs, that I’m the good choice. Time will tell.”
Democrats need to target military members in SC as this is a huge demographic and which may be up for grabs because of the republican President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions.
Here’re some of the military bases in SC…
Active US Military Bases in South Carolina
- Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, home of the Marine Corps’ Atlantic Coast fixed-wing, fighter-attack aircraft assets, is among the United States military’s most important installations. Consisting of some 6,900 acres, the installation is home to two Navy and seven Marine Corps F/A-18 squadrons.
- Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region – Parris Island
A premier recruiting organization and basic training installation, the depot is dedicated to recruiting the best young men and women possible, training and transforming them and making/sustaining Marines imbued with core values and the ideal of selfless service to the nation. Often referred to simply as Parris Island, the installation’s mission statement is, “We Make Marines.”
- Coast Guard Sector Charleston
The Coast Guard Sector Charleston is located in historic Charleston at the base of the Battery. Charleston is a seagoing port with access to both the Ashley River and Cooper River. This leaves the Sector in an ideal position for many seagoing missions as well as a variety of shore-based activities.
- Joint Base Charleston
Joint Base Charleston is one of 12 Department of Defense Joint Bases and is host to over 60 Department of Defense and Federal agencies. The Wing delivers installation support to a total force of over 90,000 Airmen, sailors, soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees across four installations including Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston, the latter of which is located in Goose Creek and Hanahan.
- Columbia Bases
- Fort Jackson
Fort Jackson is the US Army’s largest initial entry training center. Fort Jacksonis also home to Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
- McEntire Joint National Guard Base
Located in Eastover, McEntire is home to the 169th Fighter Wing, primary unit of the South Carolina Air National Guard.
- South Carolina National Guard
Part of our nation’s military, the SC National Guard is comprised of Air National Guard and Army National Guard units. The joint forces headquarters is located in Columbia.
- South Carolina State Guard
The SC State Guard is an all-volunteer state organization whose members quickly respond when serious natural or man-made disasters hit our state. Headquartered in Columbia, the state guard has three brigades located in Charleston, Columbia, and Fountain Inn.
- Sumter Bases
- Shaw Air Force Base
Shaw Air Force Base is home to the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 wing – the 20th Fighter Wing – whose mission is to provide combat-ready airpower and combat-ready Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere. Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central, Third Army, US Army Central, and other tenant units.
- Historic Forts and Military Bases in South Carolina
- Beaufort Arsenal
Built in 1798, its history traces back to the Revolutionary War; it now houses a museum and doubles as an event site.
- Camp Croft – Spartanburg
This WWII Army Infantry Replacement Center operated from 1940-1946 and now comprises the site of Camp Croft State Park.
- Charleston Navy Base – North Charleston
Originally called the Charleston Navy Yard, the Charleston Navy Base was developed in 1901 on the property of Chicora Park in present-day North Charleston. The Charleston Navy Base operated from 1903 until 1996.
- Donaldson Air Force Base – Greenville
Once called “The Airlift Capital of the World” for its contributions in the Berlin airlift, Korean War, and Cold War, Donaldson closed in 1962 and is used as an industrial park.
- Fort Johnson – James Island
Built in 1759, this fort was actively used during the Revolutionary War; soldiers here later fired the first shot of the Civil War.
- Fort Moultrie – Sullivan’s Island
This historic Revolutionary War fort now serves as a museum.
- Fort Sumter – Charleston
Fort Sumter was built after the War of 1812 as one of a series of forts protecting the southern coast of the US.
Link to article: Democrat to announce Senate bid Wednesday against Lindsey Graham