Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is getting a fourth primary challenger in the race for his U.S. Senate seat next year.
Bill Connor, a lawyer and U.S. Army veteran who lost a 2010 Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, has filed to run against Mr. Graham in next June’s GOP primary, The State newspaper reported.
State Sen. Lee Bright, businessman Richard Cash and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of The Citadel, also are running against the incumbent Mr. Graham.
The State recently reported that former President George W. Bush had contributed $5,000 to Mr. Graham’s re-election campaign.
Mr. Graham, an unapologetic foreign policy hawk, has drawn ire from the tea party for cutting deals with Democrats on issues such as immigration but has not shied away from firing back at his critics.
He most recently vowed to place a hold on President Obama’s nominees if he doesn’t get more answers on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.
Mr. Graham pointed out on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he had released the nominations of two ambassadors that had been on hold as he tries to work out a bipartisan deal to talk to more witnesses, but his position did not appear to waver even as CBS ran a correction to a “60 Minutes” report after the story of a security contractor who claimed to be an eyewitness to the scene was debunked.