Skip to comments.Challengers to South Carolina Senator Are Lining Up on the Right
Posted on 08/26/2013 8:59:15 AM PDT by Resettozero
LAKE WYLIE, S.C. Some of the early shots in the Republican primary battle against Senator Lindsey Graham have been fired from this tiny community on the northern border of the state where the Civil War began.
Mr. Graham's challengers so far in the Republican primary campaign include Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel.
A small group called Carolina Conservatives United, one of dozens organized loosely under the flag of limited government, low taxes and strict adherence to the Constitution, sent out images last week of a milk carton bearing Mr. Grahams face and asked Gov. Nikki R. Haley to issue the states version of an Amber Alert to find its missing senator.
Lindsey Graham has not been seen in the state of South Carolina for most of the last two years, said Bruce Carroll, the chairman of the group.
Conservatives in South Carolina are eager to oust Mr. Graham, who has enraged the far right for, among other things, reaching across the aisle on immigration and supporting President Obamas nominations for the Supreme Court. Tea Party supporters called him a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood when, instead of heading home for the Congressional break this month, he went to Egypt at the request of the president.
But to stand a chance against the politician who succeeded Strom Thurmond in 2003, conservatives will have to win a civil war of their own. At least 40 groups align themselves along Tea Party and Libertarian lines, and trying to unify them to topple the states senior senator will be no easy task.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
I heard State Senator Lee Bright interviewed and he sounds very inspiring. He impressed me as a solid Tea Party advocate and came across as being much better than John McCain’s friend.
Actually, the number of primary challengers is unimportant. If Graham fails to get 50% of the vote, it forces a runoff between the top two vote getters. That would be when the real primary fight occurs, and if SC voters are pissed off enough, Graham will be tossed out.
Take that, GOPe!
Wouldn’t you think the 40 could just get together and pick on viable candidate and forget the squabbling until Lindsay is gone - gone?
Go, tea party!! Retire McCain’s lapdog.
The RSC plan: divide and conquer. Flood the field with candidates and dilute the anti-Graham percentages so Lyndsey’s 33% carries him to victory.
Some great commentary and links on that thread.
“Fair assessment of how things are now in S.C. before the June 10, 2014 Republican primary.”
Well, SC congressman Bob Inglis, a big RINO, was also assured by the leftist media that he would win re-election. He was defeated in the june, 2010 primary by conservative Trey Gowdy, who is the current representative. Gowdy got 71% of the vote vs Gowdy’s 29%.
Gowdy got 71% of the vote vs Inglis’ 29%.
You are correct. I searched “Challengers” and did not turn up this very same post two hours earlier. That’s my explanation and I’m sticking with it, not matter how indefensible it may be.
MODERATOR: PLEASE PULL THIS DUPLICATE THREAD.
I only provided the link to the other thread so that some of the previously commentary is available to those interested.
I think 80 percent of SC people think Graham is “conservative”. And people in SC do not easily shed their own misperceptions.
I had forgotten about Inglis, who I believe was conservative in his first term until he started flirting with DC liberals.
I think we should go by the policy of:
“It is better to have the enemy you know than the traitor in your midst”
I say primary him and if we lose to a Dim-o-crap at least we know to work against him in a forward battle, and we don’t have to keep watching our own backs for holes...
If a poodle with a block of cheese tied to it’s backs beats Lind-seed in the primary and only gets one vote in the general, it would be worth it for that reason alone...
All but one needs to get out of the race.
unless South Carolina has closed primary and run offs
multiple candidates ensure Graham wins
here in TN we can run only one against Lamar
Open primary, 50%+ required to avoid run-off. More the merrier, a la Texas’ Ted Cruz.
Good post with good information, thank you. Assuming a runoff is forced, and it certainly looks possible, Graham's challenger can expect campaign donations from all across the nation.
I am really hoping Tim Scott has clear sailing. He would be as worthy a successor for DeMint as I could hope.
When Sen Hatch had a tea party challenger, Mark Levin and others stepped up to defend him and make sure the Senate still had it’s old bulls.
I agree. We are electing TWO U.S. Senators next year and, since he’s been relatively quiet, it’s easy to forget Tim Scott has to be elected for the first time.
I hope the SC Conservatives whittle their support down to one and the best one, and NOT leaving the Conservative vote split against the incumbant in the primary.
I’ll guarantee you that not a single one of the conservative talkers will support Graham.
Ask Linda Graham to describe a pink slip.
“...and if SC voters are pissed off enough,” They are pissed. Believe me.I can’t find a single Linda supporter here in SC.
I had this feeling Graham would lose the primary and then run third party against Scott. If there is some sort of benefit in running in that class.
“...came across as being much better than John McCains friend.”
My neighbor’s hound dog comes across as being much better than John McCain’s friend.
SC / Lady Linda ping!
Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."
Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me
They compare anyone going against Graham as a Civil War nut.
I still fear that SC voters are too uninformed to defeat “Loveable Lindsey”.
One certainly would, were one a true pragmatist. It’s always better to win first and and come to necessary compromises afterwards.
You mean he became one of those political transvestites?
Primamry that punk’s ass outta there.
Graham’s challenger will get donations from all across the country