[image-1] Gloria Bromell Tinubu, a two-time U.S. House candidate who ran for lieutenant governor of South Carolina last year, has announced a 2020 bid to replace Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The 66-year-old Democrat from Georgetown was Phil Noble’s running mate in last year’s Democratic primary for governor. Noble, a Charleston businessman, came in third behind Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and state Rep. James Smith, who lost to Gov. Henry McMaster in November.
Tinubu formally announced her candidacy at a S.C. Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus event on Wed. May 1. In a statement released the same day, she spoke about improving economic inequality.
“Our country is at a pivotal crossroads in its history and the choice is not between capitalism and socialism, the choice is between free market capitalism and monopoly capitalism,” she said. “Monopoly capitalism, with its associated concentration of economic power, is the root cause of much of the country’s economic, social, and environmental problems.”
Tinubu has a Ph.D in applied economics from Clemson University. She has served on Atlanta’s City Council and in the Georgia State Assembly. Most recently, she was the economic development director for the City of Georgetown. In 2012 and 2014, she ran for a U.S. House seat in the 7th Congressional District, but lost to Republican Tom Rice.
She is the CEO of GBT Associates, a company she started in November that administers a national entrepreneurial training program in South Carolina and Georgia.
Graham has represented the Palmetto State since 2003. In a recent Winthrop University poll, slightly more than half of all S.C. residents supported the senator, who enjoys a 74 percent approval rating among Republicans.
“Consistently offering vocal support of Trump, who 4 in 5 S.C. Republicans approve of, has been an excellent strategy for shoring up support among Graham’s base and, presumably, further inoculating him from a serious primary challenge,” said poll director Scott Huffmon in a statement.
In February, Jaime Harrison, the former leader of the S.C. Democratic Party and current associate chair of the DNC, announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to challenge Graham.
Graham has raised a total of $6.6 million for his 2020 campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission. Tinubu has yet to file disclosure forms.
You can watch Tinubu’s introductory campaign video below: