CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The first woman to graduate from The Citadel has announced her plans to run for Senate against Sen. Lindsey Graham in next year's Republican primary.
Nancy Mace made the announcement during a GOP breakfast in Berkeley County on Saturday.
Mace, who graduated from The Citadel in 1999, told the audience that she thinks government is out of touch, and that while it has worked its way into every corner of American lives, the country isn't better off for it.
"It's simple, really. I believe this government is out of touch," said Mace. "Washington thinks it knows better than the people."
Mace is a small business owner and author of "In The Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel," which detailed Mace's experience at the military college.
State Sen. Lee Bright from Spartanburg says he also will enter the Republican primary soon. The only announced candidate to take on Graham is Anderson businessman Richard Cash.
Mace, Bright and Cash all think Graham is not conservative enough for South Carolina.
Graham was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002.