The Challenger? Nancy Mace, daughter of Brigadier General Emory Mace (US Army Retired), and first ever female graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Holding a Master’s of Mass Communication and Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Business, she is also the author of In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel. In addition, Mace owns a successful small business called The Mace Group LLC, which is a public relations and marketing firm out of Charleston where she is married with two children. Mace is a contributor to multiple national media outlets such as The Hill and The Daily Caller. Having these ties makes her dangerous to Graham as many primary candidates struggle to get National media attention.
It is looking like Mrs. Mace may be running. State Senator Tom Davis took himself out of the running. State Senator Lee Bright has been looking like he will gear up for a run, but he is facing foreclosure. Now the momentum is going to Nancy Mace.
Interestingly, the only challengers that have arisen are part of the Liberty movement, but they can’t be pigeonholed as simply Ron Paul clones either. They have connections throughout state politics and the Tea Party.
I believe Graham will be defeated. He has a large war chest but it can only do so much. This will be a national race with Super PACs getting involved.