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Sen. Graham misses increasing number of Senate votes in 2015

(Source: Lindsey Graham Facebook) (Source: Lindsey Graham Facebook)
Data source: GovTrack.us Data source: GovTrack.us

(WMBF) – Since Senator Lindsey Graham began his presidential campaign on June 1 of this year, he has missed a larger percentage of votes in the U.S. Senate than any other point in his career.

Data from GovTrack.us shows that one year ago, from July to September 2014, Graham did not miss a single vote. For the entire year of 2014, he missed just two of the 96 votes in the U.S. Senate.

In 2015, there is a steady incline of missed votes – Sen. Graham missed 13 percent from January to March, then 25 percent from April to June. Once his campaign started in June, the number jumped to half of the votes missed from July to September, and then 70 percent of all votes missed in October 2015. That’s 14 missed votes this month out of the 20 for which he was eligible.

VoteSmart.org says there have been eight key national votes since June 1. Sen. Graham has voted in two of them, one involved Planned Parenthood and the other was the Unborn Child Protection Act. In three of the six missed votes, Graham was the only senator not to vote. However, Sen. Graham did vote in all three Senate votes that he was eligible for on Friday. We confirmed this information against records from the U.S. Senate Roll Call.

Sen. Graham isn’t the only candidate to miss U.S. Senate votes since beginning a presidential campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has missed about a third of all Senate votes this year. In an editorial, a large South Florida newspaper called for Rubio to step down because of these missed votes, saying he’s doing a disservice by collecting a paycheck while spending most of his time running for president.

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