By Katie Glueck (Politico) –
Lindsey Graham is telling donors that June 1 is the likely date for his presidential announcement, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.
The announcement would likely take place in South Carolina, possibly near his home base of Seneca, according to the sources, which would enable the GOP senator to highlight a compelling personal story not widely known outside his home state.
Graham grew up in nearby Central, S.C., in the back of a pool hall run by his parents, who died young. He helped raise his sister while going to college and serving in the Air Force. It’s a hardscrabble story that could help him stand out in a field of candidates with wealthy backgrounds, including Jeb Bush.
A spokeswoman for Graham said Thursday that she couldn’t confirm any information about a potential announcement. The senator’s team has suggested they were looking at a mid-May time frame.
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