Fast Facts

Party afilliation:

Highest office held:
U.S. Senator of South Carolina

Notable quote:
“Number one, I will win a war that we can't afford to lose. I have a plan to destroy radical Islam because it has to be.”

Lindsey Graham

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Lindsey Graham, most known for that one time Trump released his phone number, died Dec. 21, 2015.  It was 204 days old.

From its birth on June 1, 2015, many said the campaign was a long shot. However, Graham’s campaign brought a stronger foreign policy voice into the crowded Republican field, as he was one of only a few 2016 presidential candidates with military experience.

The most memorable moment in the life of the campaign came after Graham repeatedly called frontrunner Donald Trump a “jackass” after Trump made comments about Arizona Sen. John McCain. In response, Trump released Graham’s phone number at a rally in South Carolina. The next day, Graham teamed up with conservative website Independent Journal Review to make a viral video showcasing a half-dozen ways to destroy a cell phone.

Graham failed to make the main stage in any debate and wasn’t invited to the Nov. 10, 2015, debate in Milwaukee at all. The second CNN Republican debate, aired Dec. 15, was the last Graham participated in.

The campaign is survived by its endorsement of Republican Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who dropped out of the race on Feb. 20, 2016.