Representative Ralph Norman considering running against Senator Lindsay Graham

 September 15, 2023

Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) is considering running against Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) in 2026.

Norman is mulling a primary challenge against Graham, who is one of the Republican Party's most notorious RINOs, next to figures like Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Mitt Romney (R-UT).

In contrast to Lindsay, Norman is a hardline conservative and a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Giving Lindsay the boot would be a massive victory for real conservatives as Lindsay is one of the biggest obstacles to real change in the Republican Party.

Cleaning house

On Tuesday, Norman told the Washington Examiner that he is weighing his options and that “South Carolina needs more conservative leadership."

However, whatever plans Norman has are very much still in the preliminary stage as he told Axios, "It's a '26 race. A minute in politics is a lifetime."

Still Republican strategists are certainly looking ahead to 2026 and for the more conservative wing of the Republican Party, Graham's term expiring represents a massive opportunity to clean house.

One of the reasons Norman wants to challenge Lindsay is related to his betrayal of House Republicans in December.

Lindsay voted to rush through a government spending bill that Democrats desperately wanted to pass before the new conservative majority was sworn in and control of the House of Representatives flipped sides.

Norman explained that "He [Lindsay] handcuffed us until the following September," and prevented Republicans from forcing the Biden administration to clean up the budget and stop reckless spending.

Had Lindsay voted down the bill, House Republicans would have forced massive concessions from the Biden administration. Instead, Lindsay betrayed Republicans and it only makes sense to give him the boot.

United Republicans

Republican's like Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell have repeatedly crossed the aisle and worked with Democrats to undermine Republican efforts.

Just one Senator crossing the aisle can be enough to destroy any leverage Republicans have to force significant changes.

Before the Republican Party can be united to fight back against Democrats, the ranks must be purged of self-serving Senators who put their agenda over the desires of their constituents.

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