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Sen. Lindsey Graham Endorses Democrat in California House Race

Howard Berman also gets support from John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

South Carolina’s senior Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has endorsed Democrat Howard Berman in Berman’s California House race.

Berman is locked in a tight contest to represent the Golden State’s 30th District with fellow House member and Democrat Brad Sherman.

As a result of re-districting, the two Democrats were forced into a run-off by a California election law that requires the two top finishers in a primary to advance to the general election, irrespective of party.*

The race in suburban Los Angeles is expected to be close and the endorsement from Graham could make the difference for Berman, who also received endorsements on Monday from Sens. John McCain (R – Arizona) and Joseph Lieberman (I – Connecticut).

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Berman is the senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In a statement, Graham said, "(Berman) works hard every day to advance America's agenda and has been instrumental in passing laws to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, stop arms sales to nations that support terrorism, and keep our country safe. We need his effectiveness and bipartisan leadership in Congress."

Graham is up for re-election in South Carolina in 2014 and is expected to face a challenge from his right, with the most oft-mentioned candidate being State Sen. Tom Davis (R - Beaufort).

McCain won re-election in 2010 and Lieberman has announced he’ll be retiring from the Senate when his term ends in Jan. 2013.

Graham did not make an official endorsement during the Republican Presidential Primaries, but has been harshly critical of Pres. Obama on everything from tax policy to his handling of the crisis in Syria.

* Note - This sentence originally said California law "allows" the to top two finishers to square off in a primary even if they are from the same party, when in fact it's more stringent than that--it's required. Thanks to a savvy reader for pointing that out.

Gerald Sutton September 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
As far as I am concerned, if Graham endorses him, he must be a wolf in sheep's clothing, or a conservative running as a progressive.......(blue dog)!
Jay Smith September 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Lets see, they may be friends??? Howard Berman may just possibly be a GOOD congressman who is not a partisan hack??? Just because he is a democrat does not make him any less deserving of an endorsement if he does his JOB PROPERLY. This flys in the face of the other side in the same scenario. Stand up for whats right, not for party lines!
Wallst September 12, 2012 at 05:11 PM
If Graham is supporting this guy, he must be an idiot. I would RUN to the other guy.
stanley seigler September 12, 2012 at 09:40 PM
puzzling why graham gets involved in CA politics...but CA requirement that top two in primary (regardless of party) run in the general is interesting... in CA the support of a GOP may cost a candidate votes...
Ann Tagonized September 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Maybe Graham is supporting Berman, because Berman is the more angry white man of the two candidates!

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