The Buzz

March 10, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Nancy Mace launches campaign headquarters

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

CHARLESTON -- Mike and Janice Larkin jokingly said they came to the grand opening of Nancy Mace's U.S. Senate campaign headquarters Monday for the free donuts.

The Hanahan couple then said they really came to hear what Mace, whom they only knew from the newspaper, had to say.

"She's saying all the right things," said Mike Larkin who has been disappointed with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's positions, particularly on immigration. "She's young, and frankly we've got to get rid of all the old guys in Congress."

One of six Republicans who have announced campaigns to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June's primary, Mace opened her campaign headquarters on Daniel Island Monday.

Mace and Graham's other challengers hope to hold Graham to half or less of the vote in June, forcing him into a runoff.

The first woman to graduate from the Citadel military college, Mace highlighted that experience and her family's military ties in brief remarks she made before asking for support and volunteers.

Graham is facing a runoff, she said, adding, "I just need to be the gal in that runoff."

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