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Thomas Ravenel … will he or won’t he?

The Lowcountry, S.C. businessman – star of Bravo’s popular Southern Charm  reality television show – has already announced his intention to run against incumbent “Republican” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham as an independent.

In fact Ravenel’s moves have prompted the Democratic Party to recruit – and nominate – a credible candidate to run against Graham this fall.

But unless Ravenel submits 10,000 signatures to the S.C. Election Commission by the close of business Tuesday, his name won’t appear on the November 4 ballot.

So again … will he?  Or won’t he?

Ravenel was in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with fundraisers, vendors and policy experts sympathetic to his limited government, pro-free market, individual liberty-themed message.  He’s publicly discussed his efforts to gather the required signatures.  Also, video crews were at his Edisto Island plantation earlier this month filming television commercials.

Is it all a ploy though?  An effort to boost ratings for the second season of Southern Charm ?

And if Ravenel really was out gathering signatures to appear on the ballot … did he hit the 10,000 threshold?  And if he did, when will he submit them?

According to our sources, the answer to those last two questions is “yes.”

Ravenel “has the sigs,” one source told FITS.  Not only that, he will reportedly appear at the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) in Columbia, S.C. on Monday morning to present them.

Stay tuned …