COLUMBIA, S.C.— Congressman Tom Rice was among several Republican members of Congress to endorse Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday.

Graham’s re-election teams announced that Graham had received endorsements from Rice, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. William Timmons and Rep. Ralph Norman.

“Senator Graham doesn’t just talk about lifting up South Carolinians and moving our country forward, he delivers,” Rice said. “In the Senate, Lindsey has taken real action to secure our borders, bring infrastructure investment to South Carolina, support our farmers, and grow our economy. He is working with President Trump to keep South Carolina great and has more than earned our vote!”

Rice, who was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018, represents South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Florence County and all of Darlington, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Georgetown and Horry counties.

“Serving together in the Senate, I see firsthand each day how effective Lindsey Graham is at advancing our conservative values and advocating for the needs of our state,” Scott said. “His leadership as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is incredibly important to our country. I’m proud to support Lindsey’s re-election campaign and urge my fellow South Carolinians to do the same.”

Graham said he is honored to have his Republican colleagues endorse his campaign for re-election.

“Sen. Scott is a close friend, an outstanding representative of the people, and a highly respected senator," Graham said. "My House colleagues make a difference every day for the conservative cause, and I am tremendously grateful for their hard work and support of my campaign. The South Carolina congressional delegation hits above its weight and is a force to be reckoned with.”

Wednesday’s endorsements mean Graham has secured endorsements from all of the Republican members of South Carolina’s federal delegation.

South Carolina has two senators — Graham and Scott, both Republicans— and seven representatives. Five representatives — Rice, Wilson, Duncan, Timmons and Norman — are Republicans. The remaining two — Rep. Joe Cunningham and Rep. Jim Clyburn — are Democrats.

Clyburn represents Congressional District 6, which includes the remainder of Florence County. He has already endorsed Democrat Jamie Harrison in the race.

Harrison worked as floor director of operations for Clyburn when Clyburn served as majority whip.

Harrison and Gloria Tinubu have declared intentions of running for the Democratic nomination.

Tinubu, who lives in Georgetown, ran against Rice for the Congressional District 7 seat in 2012 and 2014. She was also the lieutenant governor pick of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble in 2018.

Wednesday’s endorsements come one week after Graham announced support from every Republican statewide constitutional elected officer in South Carolina, including Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, Secretary of State Mark Hammond and Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

There are no Democratic statewide elected officers in South Carolina.

Earlier this year, Graham launched his re-election campaign at events featuring Vice President Mike Pence and raised a record $2 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Graham has served in the Senate since 2003.

Government and Politics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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