Gloria Bromell Tinubu Challenges Lindsey Graham for South Carolina Senate Seat

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a 24-year incumbent Republican, will have at least one Democratic challenger for his seat in the 2020 election.

Gloria Bromell Tinubu, an educator and economist, kicked off her senatorial campaign at a State House press conference on Wednesday, the Georgetown County Democratic Party announced. Bromell Tinubu is slated to make campaign stops on Wednesday in Columbia, Charleston, and Georgetown.

Bromell Tinubu told The State that she decided to make a run for the US Senate seat during a discussion with an African American history class at the College of Charleston about race and wealth. She said that the conversation focused on work and race, and how people who contribute to wealth do not benefit from that wealth.

“Most of the economic challenges facing our families are rooted in our systems of work and wealth which favors some at the expense of others,” she told the South Strand News. “From the founding of this country, these systems have not lived up to the ideals of ‘liberty and justice for all’ and have resulted in poverty for many, unrealized freedom for most, and environmental degradation for all.”

Bromell Tinubu ran for lieutenant governor in 2018 on Phil Noble’s ticket and ran twice, unsuccessfully, as the Democratic nominee against Congressman Tom Rice. For her Senate campaign, Bromell Tinubu said she would focus on rural areas that have been abandoned in today’s economy.

“Most who live in rural counties have not benefited from economic growth,” she told The State. “The economy is not the person who goes to work every day and earns barely enough to keep a roof over their head.”

Bromell Tinubu announced earlier this year that she was working as the South Carolina director for Marianne Williamson’s presidential campaign. She told The State that she is no longer working on Williamson’s campaign.

Bromell Tinubu, a former economics professor at Coastal Carolina University, may face a fight for the Democratic nomination. In February, former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison announced that he had launched an exploratory committee to determine whether he would run against Graham. Harrison told McClatchy at the time that he would go into the exploratory phase with “eyes wide open, and if there is not a path we just have to call a spade a spade.”

Graham enjoys a 51 percent approval rating, according to Morning Consult’s Senator Approval Rankings. However, the 63-year-old also has a 32 percent disapproval rating in the state.

The senator, who is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, last won reelection in 2014. Graham may be counting on Trump’s popularity in the state to maintain his seat in the Senate, but Harrison is doubtful.

Harrison pointed to the results in South Carolina’s 1st District race for the US House. For the first time since 1981, Democrat Joe Cunningham defeated former GOP state Representative Katie Arrington. Arrington’s pro-Trump platform allowed her to oust Republican Trump critic Mark Sanford, but it did not help her in the general election.

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