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Lindsey Graham's sister discusses childhood, losing parents in senator's new campaign ads

In U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's new campaign ads, his little sister talks about how her older brother took care of her after the close deaths of their parents.

The six-figure statewide media buy includes two television and two radio ads. In them, Graham's sister, Darline Graham Nordone, talks about her older brother, and how she looked up to him.

"He's just always been there for me as long as I can remember. My parents, since they had to work a lot, Lindsey was kind of the one there that took care of me. If I fell down and scraped my knee, Lindsey was the one I ran to.”

The siblings' parents, who owned a pool hall and restaurant in Central, died within 15 months of each other when Graham was in college at the University of South Carolina and his sister was 13 years old.

Graham arranged for Darline to move in with an aunt and uncle in Seneca and continued school, coming home on the weekends to be with her.

“It was hard when we lost my mom and my dad," Darline says. "Lindsey assured me that he was going to take care of me, he was going to be there for me. He never let me down. Never. I don’t see how he did it, to take on the responsibility of raising a little sister. That came from within for Lindsey.”

Lindsey became Darline's legal guardian before he joined the U.S. Air Force so that he could provide insurance and benefits for her.

The Seneca Republican faces six Republicans in the June 10 primary: Columbia pastor Det Bowers, state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg; Easley businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor; Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn; and Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace.

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