Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) is contemplating a primary challenge against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the 2026 election, according to a recent interview with the Washington Examiner. Norman, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is known for his differences with Graham on various issues, including the topic of aid for Ukraine. Despite both being allies of former President Donald Trump, Graham has faced criticism from the Republican base for his more centrist positions.
Norman expressed his ongoing consideration of challenging Graham, citing his belief that South Carolina needs more conservative leadership. If he decides to enter the race, he would join a list of populist candidates who have challenged Graham in the past. Graham has successfully defeated primary challengers in previous reelection campaigns, but Norman’s potential candidacy may pose a more formidable challenge, particularly given his name recognition.
It remains to be seen how this potential primary contest will develop, and whether Norman will officially announce his candidacy for the 2026 election. As of now, a spokesperson for Sen. Graham has not provided a comment on the matter.