Skip to comments.Poll: Sen. Lindsey Grahamís 2014 re-election chances uncertain
Posted on 09/25/2013 3:29:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may be in for a bumpy ride in his bid to secure a third term in November 2014, a new poll suggests.
The Clemson University poll released Wednesday found that Mr. Graham enjoys far more tepid support among his fellow Republicans than other state GOP leaders, even as he faces a competitive primary against a trio of conservative challengers. Poll author David Woodard, a Clemson political scientist, found that just 53 percent of the 500 Republicans surveyed hold a favorable view of Mr. Graham, compared to 36 percent who had an unfavorable view.
This stands in stark contrast to South Carolinas other Republican senator, Tim Scott. Although Mr. Scott has far lower name-recognition numbers among voters, he holds a 69 percent to 6 percent approval-disapproval rating among South Carolina Republicans. GOP Gov. Nikki Haley also is popular with the party base, with a 70 percent to 18 percent approval-disapproval rating.
Mr. Woodard said that the high disapproval margin posed a threat to Mr. Graham, reflecting his often tense relations with conservative and tea party activists in the state. During President Obamas first term, Mr. Graham backed Mr. Obamas nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. More recently, Mr. Graham has pushed for immigration reform and military engagement with Syria.
Most incumbents have a re-elect regardless number in the 30s, so the governors numbers are quite strong, Mr. Woodard told the State newspaper in Columbia. That cannot be said about Graham.
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If it were otherwise he'd have his lips secured to McCain's backside, as usual.
0%. We’re gonna crush him.
Linda better freshen up her lipstick and find another sucker.
We must DESTROY him!
The people of SC need someone who will represent them and not the Senate, especially the radical left Senate we have right now.
I just worry that his replacement could end up being a Democrat statist who essentially agrees with Graham on his most egregious stances.
It’s them or us. They have to go. Every last tax-fattened RINO.
Maybe he could be the reincarnation of Arlen Specter.
Please, please, dump that RINO.
If McAddled would come to SC and stump for him, Lindsey would be sure to win re-election.
Amen...I believe McQueeg has that in his sights for 2016 but maybe Linda will do it first in 2014.
FNC will be sure to give Graham plenty of airtime.
Best headline ever
Next great one: McCain resigns
It says there are three conservative challengers. That worries me. If it’s three big egos tearing each other apart, Grahm slides in on the spilled blood.
Seems to me, I'd rather have the Democrat that I know what his positions are than a Republican who masks his true intentions. At least the Democrat isn't a liar. If ever there were a litmus test, it should be whether or not they are lying. RINO's are liars. They join whichever party would get them elected.
Don't fall into the trap of electing some guy just because he gets money from the NSRC. Better to vote him out, and suffer the consequences of whatever statist liberal democrat opposes him. Otherwise, he will just keep doing the same things over and over, safe in the knowledge that the R is going to keep him in office.
I understand in SC in the primary the winner has to have over 50% so there being three challengers it’s not such a problem.
Welcome to Free Republic. You are not from South Carolina, are you? The Republican nominee for senator in 2014 will win the seat.
If 4 run for the Repub nomination, I don't see a clear cut winner if they split. Would that mean a run-off if no one has 50%?
Thanks - saw this after I made my second post.
All RINO debris must be challenged in their primary and/or voted out in disgrace. The political Elites no longer represent their constituents; they represent their own self-serving interests, IMO.
Correct. The top two go to run-off.
The more at the beginning, the less chance Graham has of being one of those two.
I have all the faith in the world that an actual conservative will be representing South Carolina in the Senate in 2014, even though I am not from South Carolina and so i am actually not too worried about it. I do feel though that one should remember at all times that getting rid of leaders we do not like is always only half the battle. That is a universal principle.
All I am saying is we get a principled conservative into that seat and THEN break out the celebrations. But to be sure, I am not truly worried about it and have full faith that principled conservatives iN South Carolina will get the job done.
That would be fantastic, it would make him really feel unwanted. LOL!
Agreed. However, none of the apparent challengers seems to be running to Graham’s left.
Voters who voted in a party's primary, can vote only in the runoff of the same party. Voters who did not vote in the primary, may vote in either party's runoff.
The primary is for Democratic and Republican candidates only. Candidates running unopposed for their Party's nomination will not appear on primary ballots.
Voters may not vote in a political party's runoff if they voted in another political party's primary. However, voters who did not vote in either politicial party's primary may vote in either politicial party's runoff.
A defeated primary candidate may not actively offer or campaign as a write-in candidate for the ensuing election. The use of posters or stickers on the ballot is not permitted. The voting machine provides for a voter to write-in a candidate. Write-in votes are not allowed in primary elections or the election of President or Vice-president.
While the state permits fusion (a candidate may be nominated by multiple parties), if a candidate runs for and looses a primary (of any party), the candidate cannot appear on the November ballot.
Yes. I think lots of RINOs may be in trouble after this Obamacare deal is over.
IMHO, 53 Percent is way, way too high. Cash, Bright and Mace better get a move on.
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It is disgusting that a conservative state is represented by Miss Lindsey.
Ha ha. Yes, the CBC. I am not going to miss him.
Have the good people in N. Carolina ever inadvertently elected a non-conservative because there were too many on the ballot?
That would be great if Grahamnesty finishes third in the primary....it would be a huge blow to GOPe, Kommie Karl Rove, George Soros, and put many RINOS on the run
Amen to that...I’m sure the three of them will be pounding him on Linda’s support for the immigration bill and 0bamacare among his other lib tendencies.
Seems to me he won’t be able to counter those things if they really press them but I’m not familiar with the voting base.
The RINOs do more harm to the causes constitutional conservatives espouse than do the dems. They're the reason the Republicans can't come to a consensus....the traitors from within.
Look at Murkowski in Alaska....she doesn't even have to pretend to have loyalty to the party, just to the globalist pro-corporate puppet masters.
There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between a GOP progressive statist and a left wing Democrat statist.
When I talk to non voting people who have conservative values, that “dime’s worth of difference” is the usual reply to the question of why they don’t vote!
If the GOP presented a clear alternative to statism, the party and the nation might have a chance. But as it stands now, the NRSC/GOPe cabal fight conservatives in their own party ten times harder than they fight the Democrats and their agenda.
Thanks for information. You answered all my questions right here.
“SC has a sore loser law. He loses the primary, he can’t run in another party.”