As cameras roll, South Carolina reality show cast member makes bid for U.S. Senate

Thomas Ravenel, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, makes a campaign speech from the porch of his 19th century house on rural Edisto IslandBy Harriet McLeod EDISTO ISLAND S.C. (Reuters) – When independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel made a case for voters choosing him over Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham this month, only a few dozen people showed up at his 19th-century home on a South Carolina island to listen. But millions may end up seeing the speech on national television due to an unusual twist in Ravenel’s candidacy – his role on Bravo’s “Southern Charm” reality show. …

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