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Poll: Sen. Lindsey Grahamís 2014 re-election chances uncertain
The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Alex Hopkins & Seth McLaughlin

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 Carolina’s 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 Obama’s first term, Mr. Graham backed Mr. Obama’s 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 governor’s numbers are quite strong,” Mr. Woodard told the State newspaper in Columbia. “That cannot be said about Graham.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2014; graham; primarygraham; southcarolina; ussenate
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For what polls are worth this is some good news, Graham has to be primaried.
1 posted on 09/25/2013 3:29:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
This explains Lindsey's absence on the Obamacare funding debate.

If it were otherwise he'd have his lips secured to McCain's backside, as usual.

2 posted on 09/25/2013 3:31:35 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

0%. We’re gonna crush him.

Linda better freshen up her lipstick and find another sucker.


3 posted on 09/25/2013 3:33:05 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Ted Cruz for President!)
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To: upchuck

Ping!


4 posted on 09/25/2013 3:33:08 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

We must DESTROY him!


5 posted on 09/25/2013 3:33:34 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: jazusamo

The people of SC need someone who will represent them and not the Senate, especially the radical left Senate we have right now.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 3:33:57 PM PDT by pallis
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To: skeeter; Uncle Miltie

Bump.


7 posted on 09/25/2013 3:34:14 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I just worry that his replacement could end up being a Democrat statist who essentially agrees with Graham on his most egregious stances.


8 posted on 09/25/2013 3:34:42 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: jazusamo

It’s them or us. They have to go. Every last tax-fattened RINO.


9 posted on 09/25/2013 3:35:44 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: freedom462
Concern trolls have to be concerned.

/johnny

10 posted on 09/25/2013 3:35:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jazusamo

Maybe he could be the reincarnation of Arlen Specter.


11 posted on 09/25/2013 3:35:57 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: jazusamo

Please, please, dump that RINO.


12 posted on 09/25/2013 3:38:29 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: skeeter

If McAddled would come to SC and stump for him, Lindsey would be sure to win re-election.


13 posted on 09/25/2013 3:38:30 PM PDT by moovova
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To: sanjuanbob

Amen...I believe McQueeg has that in his sights for 2016 but maybe Linda will do it first in 2014.


14 posted on 09/25/2013 3:39:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

FNC will be sure to give Graham plenty of airtime.


15 posted on 09/25/2013 3:39:43 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: jazusamo

Best headline ever
Next great one: McCain resigns


16 posted on 09/25/2013 3:39:54 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: jazusamo

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.


17 posted on 09/25/2013 3:41:09 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: freedom462
I just worry that his replacement could end up being a Democrat statist who essentially agrees with Graham on his most egregious stances.

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.

18 posted on 09/25/2013 3:42:12 PM PDT by webheart (Watch out for the bots! They will disagree with you!)
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To: trubolotta

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.


19 posted on 09/25/2013 3:43:38 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: svcw

Absolutely!


20 posted on 09/25/2013 3:44:10 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: freedom462; JRandomFreeper

Welcome to Free Republic. You are not from South Carolina, are you? The Republican nominee for senator in 2014 will win the seat.


21 posted on 09/25/2013 3:45:53 PM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: trubolotta
No, this has been explained before. SC has a run-off election. The more the merrier at the beginning. As long as Graham doesn't get 50%+

/johnny

22 posted on 09/25/2013 3:46:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jazusamo
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.

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%?

23 posted on 09/25/2013 3:47:34 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: jazusamo
Graham may not make one of the top 2. He may be out after the first round and not make it to the run-off. That's what I'm praying for.

/johnny

24 posted on 09/25/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks - saw this after I made my second post.


25 posted on 09/25/2013 3:49:06 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: jazusamo

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.


26 posted on 09/25/2013 3:49:07 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: trubolotta
Would that mean a run-off if no one has 50%?

Correct. The top two go to run-off.

The more at the beginning, the less chance Graham has of being one of those two.

/johnny

27 posted on 09/25/2013 3:49:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Amen, brother.


28 posted on 09/25/2013 3:49:39 PM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: Bill W was a conservative

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.


29 posted on 09/25/2013 3:49:41 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: Bill W was a conservative

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.


30 posted on 09/25/2013 3:52:16 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: JRandomFreeper

That would be fantastic, it would make him really feel unwanted. LOL!


31 posted on 09/25/2013 3:56:22 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: freedom462

Agreed. However, none of the apparent challengers seems to be running to Graham’s left.


32 posted on 09/25/2013 3:56:59 PM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: Bill W was a conservative
Does Graham have a left? John F. Kennedy was more conservative than Graham.

/johnny

33 posted on 09/25/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: trubolotta
Others have responded. But for the record and for others who may be wondering:Source.
34 posted on 09/25/2013 3:59:37 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Yes. I think lots of RINOs may be in trouble after this Obamacare deal is over.


35 posted on 09/25/2013 4:00:45 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: jazusamo
53 percent of the 500 Republicans surveyed hold a favorable view of Mr. Graham

IMHO, 53 Percent is way, way too high. Cash, Bright and Mace better get a move on.

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36 posted on 09/25/2013 4:02:16 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; gruntSGT; ...

Please see #36.


37 posted on 09/25/2013 4:03:19 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: pallis

It is disgusting that a conservative state is represented by Miss Lindsey.


38 posted on 09/25/2013 4:03:56 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Bill W was a conservative

Ha ha. Yes, the CBC. I am not going to miss him.


39 posted on 09/25/2013 4:08:38 PM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: All

Have the good people in N. Carolina ever inadvertently elected a non-conservative because there were too many on the ballot?


40 posted on 09/25/2013 4:10:50 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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


41 posted on 09/25/2013 4:11:14 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Unemployment is so high...its getting harder for Obama to job people anymore)
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To: upchuck

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.


42 posted on 09/25/2013 4:14:24 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
all RINO debris must be challenged

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.

43 posted on 09/25/2013 4:15:22 PM PDT by grania
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To: skeeter
Would Lindsey pull what Murkowski and Liebermann pulled? (and I think others). They lost their primaries and ran as independents. In a three way race, the incumbant, the known name, got a plurality and kept the seat.

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.

44 posted on 09/25/2013 4:19:43 PM PDT by grania
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To: upchuck
53 percent of the 500 Republicans surveyed hold a favorable view of Mr. Graham.

But too bad for Senator Graham that not one of those 500 Republicans polled is a conservative Independent or a voter who no longer identifies as a Republican.

Upchuck, after this week, Graham is not the only RINO in the U. S. Senate who is headed for a date with UTTER REJECTION BY HIS CONSTITUENTS. Even if folks have to wait years, rejection of GOPe Senators is coming big time.

Besides, Linseed's braintrust probably was behind the taking of this poll. Either way, we S. C. conservatives are not likely to be deterred from going full-tilt to get rid of this un-manly menace to Southern conservatism. He's a serious problem for us.
45 posted on 09/25/2013 4:21:51 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: freedom462

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.


46 posted on 09/25/2013 4:30:41 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: grania
SC has a sore loser law. He loses the primary, he can't run in another party.

/johnny

47 posted on 09/25/2013 4:31:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Resettozero; upchuck
Besides, Linseed's braintrust probably was behind the taking of this poll.

This off-the-cuff remark turns out to be incorrect by a country mile and I retract that statement with apology to Dr. Woodard.
48 posted on 09/25/2013 4:33:05 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: upchuck

Thanks for information. You answered all my questions right here.


49 posted on 09/25/2013 4:43:23 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: JRandomFreeper

“SC has a sore loser law. He loses the primary, he can’t run in another party.”

YAY!


50 posted on 09/25/2013 4:44:44 PM PDT by 1035rep
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