Benjamin Dunn, a Columbia attorney, became the seventh Republican to announce his intentions to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham last week. The Pickens County native has served as an infantry officer in the S.C. Army National Guard and was deployed to advise Afghan troops. “(The) loss of liberty has largely gone unnoticed as Americans have become too preoccupied with the machinations of celebrity and the minutiae of posts, texts and tweets to realize the extent to which government is increasing its influence over every aspect of our lives,” Dunn wrote in a news release.
The odds of Graham avoiding a runoff are continually decreasing based on polling numbers and on the number of opponents. Filing opens next week.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.