US Sen Lindsey Graham returns to where political career started with trip to SC Statehouse


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Likely presidential candidate Lindsey Graham has returned to his roots.

The Republican U.S. senator visited the South Carolina Statehouse, where he served a two-year term as a House member starting in 1993.

Graham spoke to the Republican Caucus on Tuesday. It was in a different room then, when only 50 of the 124 members were Republican. Now there are 78 GOP House members.

Graham told his fellow Republicans they have changed South Carolina for the better since the House switched into GOP hands in 1994, starting an avalanche of Republican control that has led to big majorities in both chambers and GOP members in every statewide office.

Graham then gave a speech for his expected presidential bid. He said he's 99.9 percent sure he will run.

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