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Lowcountry businessman and independent conservative Thomas Ravenel has officially qualified for the November ballot, sources close to the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) tell FITS.

Ravenel submitted 17,000 signatures last month – of which 9,949 have currently been verified by commission staff.

“He’s fifty-one valid signatures away from the threshold and several of the state’s larger counties have yet to report their results,” our source said.

Ravenel is expected to cross the magic 10,000-valid signature mark sometime Tuesday or Wednesday, the source added, meaning he will be officially certified as a candidate for the U.S. Senate against incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham.

Ravenel – the star of Bravo television’s Southern Charm  reality show – has been running an aggressive campaign ever since he filed his signatures last month, challenging Graham and Democrat Brad Hutto to a series of statewide debates and blistering Graham for his failed foreign policy.

He’s also blasted Graham for lying about his military record – while calling for the termination of American foreign aid to Middle Eastern combatants and wealthy European nations that refuse to defend themselves.

Ravenel is the second independent candidate to qualify for the November ballot via the petition process.  Tom Ervin – a former Upstate, S.C. judge and lawmaker – qualified for the ballot earlier this summer against incumbent “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley.