First Female Citadel Grad Challenges Lindsey Graham
Nancy Mace will officially announce candidacy tomorrow
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
Nancy Mace is seen at a Republican Women's Meeting last month in this YouTube screenshot.   (YouTube)
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(Newser) – Lindsey Graham has drawn a potentially formidable primary challenger. Nancy Mace, the first woman to ever graduate from the Citadel, plans to throw her hat in the ring, she tells the Daily Caller. Mace, 35, graduated from the military college back in 1999, and has since written a memoir and founded a PR firm. She'll officially announce her candidacy tomorrow, but she's already been raising money in preparation, the Washington Times reports.

Mace has gotten a head start attacking Graham online; in a Red State column last month she savaged him at length for supporting the NSA's phone surveillance programs. In another on the Caller she sounds like she's trying out campaign language, with a series of "South Carolina needs a senator who..." statements as she blasts him for backing immigration reform. But Mace will also have to beat two other libertarian-leaning challengers who could split the Tea Party vote, the State points out.