South Carolina state house representative Nancy Mace (R-Charleston) announced an impressive fundraising haul on Sunday, raising over $500,000 since she started her candidacy in June.
She said: “I’m enormously grateful to the donors large and small who recognize how hard I’ve worked at the State House on behalf of less government, more liberty and free markets – and they know exactly how hard I’ll work on their behalf in Washington D.C.”
The 1st Congressional district was lost in surprising fashion by Republicans in 2018 after Rep. Joe Cunningham defeated state representative Katie Arrington by a narrow margin. Arrington defeated disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford in the GOP primary after receiving an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Mace believes that she has the record as a legislator and the fundraising chops to defeat the incumbent Democrat in a conservative district that typically puts a Republican into office.
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“I am going to build on this solid base of support in the months to come as our front-running campaign picks up even more momentum,” Mace said in her announcement. “This is a Republican district, and if Republicans simply do what we say we are going to do then we are going to win it back next fall.”
Mace is the author of the book, “In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel,” which describes her history as being the first woman ever to graduate from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets. She unsuccessfully attempted to primary RINO Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014 before becoming field director and coalitions director for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in her home state.
She is a co-sponsor of Constitutional Carry legislation that would legalized concealed carry for all law-abiding gun owners in the state, showing her steadfast dedication to the 2nd Amendment.
Mace recently went public with the story of the sexual abuse that she suffered as a young girl, but spreads a much different message of empowerment than what is heard from feminists.
“It’s hard for women who are strong, like I am, in the way that something like this affects us. A lot of times we blame ourselves. It’s something you can’t believe happened, and you ask yourself, ‘How did I let this happen to me?’ It’s very difficult to overcome,” Mace said.
“But I feel it is incumbent upon us as women, as Republicans and as lawmakers to share these stories, to be compassionate to victims, and to give them a voice,” she added.
Despite the hurdles Mace has had to overcome throughout her life, she refuses to play identity politics or use her adverse experiences as excuse to vilify others.
“The point of breaking glass ceilings is so that, after they’re broken, it doesn’t matter anymore. The American experiment is built on the premise that if you set a goal, show up on time and work hard, then success is within reach. We can ALL achieve the American dream regardless of our gender,” she said in response to Democrats at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mace is currently considered the front-runner to win the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional seat in South Carolina next year in a crowded race that includes Chris Cox, Mike Covert, Kathy Landing and Logan Cunningham.