U.S. Senate hopeful Det Bowers on Wednesday picked up an endorsement from Erick Erickson, Fox News contributor and Editor-in-Chief of RedState, a conservative grassroots website.
Bowers, a Columbia pastor and retired attorney, is one of six Republicans vying to replace U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June's GOP primary.
Erickson wrote in a blog post Wednesday morning:
This will shock most of you. I like Lindsey Graham. Always have for that matter. He’s always been very pleasant to me. We’ve shared a few common fights. And I respect that he is not as willing as some of his colleagues to shift his positions on all things merely for the sake of re-election.
But I disagree with Lindsey Graham on immigration. I disagree with him on our nation’s role as the world’s policeman. I disagree with him on the NSA situation. I disagree with his votes for Kagan and Sotomayor. On the largest issues of the day within the Republican Party, though I may like Lindsey Graham, I disagree with him and think South Carolina could and should find someone to replace him in the Senate.
Bowers is the "only viable alternative to Graham," Erickson said, having raised more than $400,000 since entering the race in February.
Read Erickson's full endorsement here .