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Reports: Lindsey Graham announcing presidential bid June 1

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham gmelendez@thestate.com

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to announce June 1 that he will become the first South Carolinian to run for the White House in nearly three decades, according to media reports.

The Republican has said he is 91 percent sure of running for the 2016 nomination.

Graham has made several visits to the early primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, with the help of a political group raising money so he can test the waters for a presidential bid.

The three-term senator will make his announcement near his Upstate home in Seneca, Politico and Fox News reported citing sources with knowledge of the plans.

Graham’s camp declined to comment on the reports.

Graham, known as a national security hawk, will have a challenging path in his presidential bid.

While he is averaging third in recent polls among South Carolina voters, Graham is not ranking among the top dozen GOP candidates in Iowa or New Hampshire, according to surveys compiled by Real Clear Politics. He ranks 12th in national polls.

The last South Carolinian to run for the White House was Greenville-born civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination.

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