By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has made his presidential campaign official in his home state.
On Tuesday, Graham stopped at the state Republican Party headquarters in Columbia, where he filed his paperwork for the GOP presidential primary.
To several dozen reporters and supporters crowded into a small room, Graham said he was excited to officially join the race in South Carolina, which holds the South's first Republican primary in 2016. A handful of other GOP candidates have already filed their paperwork to participate in the contest.
Graham has been polling toward the bottom of the Republican field of 17. He said Tuesday he looked forward to moving past the primary's "silly season" and touted himself as the candidate with the most foreign policy experience.