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Stirrings In South Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race (bad news for Lindsey!!)
fitsnews.com ^ | 10/4/13 | fitsnews

Posted on 10/04/2013 5:24:36 AM PDT by cotton1706

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.

Already vulnerable among GOP voters due to a host of ideological betrayals (including his support for energy tax hikes, internet tax hikes, amnesty for illegal aliens and domestic spying), Graham’s tortured “opposition” to Obamacare has reportedly caused his perilous position to erode even further.

How much further? FITS was not provided with specific details on the poll – but one source close to Graham’s camp tells us the organization has been “temporarily incapacitated” by the numbers that came back following Graham’s Obamacare votes.

Other Graham sources dispute that contention. They say their internal polling shows his approval rating among Republicans dropping – but that the decline was “within the margin of error.”

Graham will boast another impressive fundraising quarter, this source told us (including big money from a recent trial lawyer event) – but his estimated $7 million war chest may not be enough to save him.

Meanwhile up in Washington, D.C., another poll – taken by a limited government group opposing Graham’s reelection – found similar results.

“Adding Obamacare appeasement to his lengthy list of sins has hurt Lindsey Graham badly,” one source familiar with the limited government group’s polling tells FITS.

Not only that, this group is said to be shopping its data to a pair of fiscally conservative U.S. Congressmen – Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford – in an effort to encourage them to run against Graham.

“They are actively recruiting,” our source said, referring to the overall effort to oust Graham as an “eight-figure operation.”

LINDSEY GRAHAM Have these overtures been successful?

“If Mulvaney doesn’t run against him, Sanford will,” our source said. “But Mulvaney might take another look at it.”

Wow …

Neither Mulvaney nor Sanford were immediately available for comment. Sources close to both lawmakers were also exceedingly tight-lipped about any U.S. Senate speculation.

For months, fiscally conservative S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) was viewed as the most likely challenger to Graham – however Davis declined to run. In his stead, three candidates have stepped forward – Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and social conservative attorney Richard Cash.

A fourth challenger – former lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bill Connor – is said to be close to jumping into the race.

Of Graham’s declared opponents, Mace is the most electable – although like Bright and Cash she is not widely known. Also none of Graham’s announced opponents are expected to demonstrate much in the way of fundraising prowess – assuming those numbers ever get released given the shuttering of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) during the partial government shutdown.

Obviously FITS will continue to monitor these latest developments in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary – which is scheduled for next June.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014midterms; elections; gopprimary; sc2014
Falling polls and another challenger for Lindsey! The more the merrier!! Let's make Lindsey come in third and remove him from power for all time!
1 posted on 10/04/2013 5:24:36 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Maybe he can move to AZ and caddy for the Maverick...


2 posted on 10/04/2013 5:25:26 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: cotton1706

Talk of existing federal elected officials running for the seat means the political machine wants to dump Lindsay and replace him with a new RINO who will do the bidding of business and political elites that support Obamacare and bigger debts, not to mention wars in Syria and who knows where else.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 5:30:05 AM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: Nextrush

“Talk of existing federal elected officials running for the seat means the political machine wants to dump Lindsay and replace him with a new RINO who will do the bidding of business and political elites that support Obamacare and bigger debts, not to mention wars in Syria and who knows where else.”

You may be right. And it also means that the powers that be in the state smell blood in the water. Not a good sign for little lindsey, one of the most odious men in power today!


4 posted on 10/04/2013 5:31:43 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

I remember when Lindsey Graham was being touted by Laura Ingram as a true Conservative. She helped bring him to national attention by giving him air time on her radio show. Same with Saxby Chambliss.

I’m not sure about Sen. Chambliss, but I guess in Graham’s case it was all a big act, to be forgotten as soon as he was safe in Washington.

It’s also possible that he actually was a Conservative at one point, but allowed himself to be co-opted by the Washington elitist reality distortion field.


5 posted on 10/04/2013 5:32:31 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: cotton1706

Seven million war chest?

A senate race averages $10 million. A house seat averages $1.5 million. We have the best governance money can buy.


6 posted on 10/04/2013 5:33:32 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Steely Tom

I remember that. And at the time Lindsey was thought of as a great conservative. I always enjoyed listening to him speak during the impeachment saga. And that was 2002, when we were trying to get the senate back after Jim Jeffords’ betrayal. Chambliss and Graham were among those elected that year. But they soon went soft, they came under the spell of John McCain and Mitch McConnell. And good riddance to them. Thank heaven for frequent elections!


7 posted on 10/04/2013 5:35:33 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Gen.Blather

That’s why we have to look outside the political system, political parties and political machine for new people to elect to office.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 5:36:38 AM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: Gen.Blather

“Seven million war chest?”

That’s a lot of payoffs! And he’ll probably still lose. Those that donated will not be happy. And good riddance to their slimy influence and whisperings in the ear.


9 posted on 10/04/2013 5:36:57 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Just one small caveat. Nancy Mace is/was involved with this website..so read it with a slightly jaundiced eye..as in

"...Mace is the most electable..."

10 posted on 10/04/2013 5:37:09 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: cotton1706

> “...already vulnerable among GOP voters due to a host of ideological betrayals (including his support for energy tax hikes, internet tax hikes, amnesty for illegal aliens and domestic spying), Graham’s tortured “opposition” to Obamacare...”

Also include his advocacy for solutions to the BS line about man-made global warning that shows that Graham is not only clueless but stupid. He is one of the major members of the cabal that gives rise to calling the Stupid Party the Stupid Party.


11 posted on 10/04/2013 5:37:29 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Steely Tom

Happens to many who drink the Potomac water.


12 posted on 10/04/2013 5:38:40 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Steely Tom

When I worked for the feds I got a promotion to DC. Came back to my field office to visit six months later and my old boss asked me if I recall any strange lighting in my work area during the afternoon? I asked what the hell was he talking about and he said you sound like they used the brain scrambler on you. They have these machines up in DC on tracks over the drop ceilings. During the afternoon when you get sleepy they activate it and afterwards you sound like the rest of the ass..les down there.

The good news for me, once you escape, the neurons realign and you think normally again.


13 posted on 10/04/2013 5:47:45 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Steely Tom
It’s also possible that he actually was a Conservative at one point, but allowed himself to be co-opted by the Washington elitist reality distortion field.

It's not a reality distortion field. It's something much simpler.

As long as you play along with the Dem machine, and fold when they want you to, you can do as you please in DC. You can have mistresses (of either sex). You can take lobbyist-paid vacations. It's all cool.

But if you are seen as somebody who will NOT play along, you get the whole "Sarah Palin" treatment, and your whole life will be put on display.

Understand Lindsey now?

14 posted on 10/04/2013 5:51:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: cotton1706

In a sense, all RINOS are cross-dressers.


15 posted on 10/04/2013 5:51:04 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: cotton1706

Graham has been hammered on his FB page. People are angry. He posted that he voted against Obamacare. Posters called him on it.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 5:56:57 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: ken5050

BINGO!!!!


17 posted on 10/04/2013 6:10:10 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Steely Tom

It’s not so much co-opted....though it’s kind of like that. It’s more human nature and being surrounded by a certain mindset. Once you’ve been immersed in that culture for 5,10,20 years - you have drifted a long way away from being the person you were first elected.

The weaker you are internally, and LG is very weak, the further you will slide. If you’re a man of strong character, like Jim DeMint, you will hold your ground and even more closer to your core root principles. Unfortunately, more people are like LG than DeMint.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Steely Tom
I remember when Lindsey Graham was being touted by Laura Ingram as a true Conservative.

Several talkshow hosts and celebrity pundits/commentators do no have very good records in some of their recommendations. They tend to jump on bandwagons based on personalities rather than on actions/positions of the intended politicians.

Of course, the same kinds of bandwagoning takes place in many [uh hum] political forums around election time.

Political endorsements by talkshow hosts and celebrity commentators should be taken with a grain of salt. People would be better off spending a few minutes researching their selected candidates.

I recall in 2008 it took me about 5 minutes of research to discover the touted Fred Thompson not only chaired the committee that wrote Campaign Finance Reform, but he initially was listed as one of the authors.


19 posted on 10/04/2013 6:33:36 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: cotton1706; upchuck; C. Edmund Wright
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.

Awesome!

FITS was not provided with specific details on the poll – but one source close to Graham’s camp tells us the organization has been “temporarily incapacitated” by the numbers...

Uh oh. Will 'FitsNews' Folks (Unfair. Imbalanced). Incapacitated? Srsly?!

... one source familiar with the limited government group’s polling tells FITS this group is said to be shopping its data to a pair of fiscally conservative U.S. Congressmen – Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford – in an effort to encourage them to run against Graham.

My, but the plot thickens. "One source ....." stated a couple of times now. What is one to think? What DOES Will Folks know?!

Bottom line, Anybody But Graham. And the more the merrier in a "run-off" primary process. S.C. voters will pick the best ABG (and maybe LindaG doesn't even make the final two!). But this smacks of some behind the scenes scheming. Why weren't Mulvaney and Sanford throwing their hats in this race this summer? And at this point, all I see is Will Folks .... and his "one source". Hmmmmm.

20 posted on 10/04/2013 6:38:14 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: cotton1706
“Seven million war chest?”

That’s a lot of payoffs!


McCain borrowed $20 million (IIRC) from his presidential run to help his Senate run a couple of years later.

How/why did he have that much left over when his presidential campaign was supposedly in financial distress during the spring and summer of 2008?

==

Those are a lot of $millions for a job that currently pays $174,000 per year.


21 posted on 10/04/2013 6:39:29 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Steely Tom
I remember when Lindsey Graham was being touted by Laura Ingram as a true Conservative.

Thinking that the average Republican is a true conservative is like making a battle plan - it's only good until first contact/decision.

22 posted on 10/04/2013 6:41:03 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: ken5050
Nancy Mace is/was involved with this website..so read it with a slightly jaundiced eye as in ... "Mace is the most electable ..."

Good point Ken, I noticed that too. Hmmm. I wonder what Mace's internal polls look like too. Perhaps Will is looking to swith horses midstream?

23 posted on 10/04/2013 6:42:25 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Maybe this as a campaign slogan...’VOTE FOR NANCY MACE..A REAL GIRL’

just say’n


24 posted on 10/04/2013 6:58:26 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: cotton1706; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
Of Graham’s declared opponents, Mace is the most electable

Considering Mace's involvement with this blog, that's not a surprising statement.

But right now, IMHO, Bright is the leader.

Regarding other Reps being recruited for Senator, Mulvaney and Sanford are both good conservatives. But Trey Gowdy would be the best.



And put one of these fine folks in his place:
Nancy Mace Lee Bright Richard Cash

FReepmail me if you want on or off this ping list. (Additions: free; Deletions: $10/ea :)

25 posted on 10/04/2013 7:00:59 AM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: rrrod

lol

Lindsay “Low hand” Graham needs to go


26 posted on 10/04/2013 7:03:17 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Mouton

“...they activate it and afterwards you sound like the rest of the ass..les down there.”

Reminds me of a sign on our headquarters bulletin board (Army) that warned before it was removed:

“Medical Alert!! Doctors have discovered that the AIDS virus can be contracted through the EARS and is spread by listening to @ssholes. Use extreme caution in this headquarters & immediate surroundings!”


27 posted on 10/04/2013 7:05:45 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: upchuck
Regarding other Reps being recruited for Senator, Mulvaney and Sanford are both good conservatives. But Trey Gowdy would be the best.

Good to hear. I am curious though, would not Gowdy, Mulvaney and Sanford have already considered running and decided not to? It seems late to still be contemplating entering this primary, but perhaps not. Besides, why is Will Folks seeming to discard Nancy Mace at this point?

28 posted on 10/04/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: cotton1706

Another suitcase in need of packing...


29 posted on 10/04/2013 7:10:59 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Besides, why is Will Folks seeming to discard Nancy Mace at this point?

He's discarding her? In his article he says she's the most electable. Discarding?

30 posted on 10/04/2013 7:23:58 AM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: Gen.Blather

More like the most corrupt government money can buy.


31 posted on 10/04/2013 7:25:53 AM PDT by dglang
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To: upchuck
I completely understand the seeming contradiction, but remember this is Will 'Unfair. Imbalanced' Folks.

Why is he the one behind the "stirrings in the S.C. Senate race" news with his unnamed one source which introduces Mulvaney and Sanford to the race? To me, this is completely from left field and certainly counter to what the Mace camp would want at this point of the campaign.

The 'most electable' is just a throwaway line to give Nancy a parting gift. Pure speculation on my part but it is an explanation to an otherwise contradictory article.

32 posted on 10/04/2013 7:43:56 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: stylecouncilor

Dump Graham ping....


33 posted on 10/04/2013 7:46:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Servant of the Cross; upchuck

Interesting analysis....


34 posted on 10/04/2013 7:49:13 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: cotton1706
I got phone polled last night in SC about this.
They asked:
Had I heard of L.Graham
Was my opinion favorable
Did I support his voting record
Had I heard of M.Sanford
Was my opinion favorable
Did I support a balanced budget amendment
Did I support the 2nd amendment
Am I for or against abortion
Do I support SC’s right to work law
In a senate race between L.Graham & M.Sanford who would I vote for.
35 posted on 10/04/2013 8:04:14 AM PDT by DarthDoug
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To: cotton1706

“Chambliss and Graham were among those elected that year. But they soon went soft, they came under the spell of John McCain and Mitch McConnell. And good riddance to them. Thank heaven for frequent elections!”

Just remember the “Senate Fish” stinks from the head. We have a while to see the last of McLame (unless he is “called home”) but Bitch Mc Connell has got to go this next election. Ditto for Boner in the House.


36 posted on 10/04/2013 8:56:59 AM PDT by vette6387 (i)
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To: cotton1706

Sanford is friendly with Graham, I can’t see him running.


37 posted on 10/04/2013 3:36:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: upchuck
Frankly, I'll take Betty Boop or Porky Pig--just make sure the choice beats Lindsey Graham.

Beware what happened with Markie Sanford (Wonder how hot that Famous Futon is these days with Hot Pants from Argentina...)--Sanford's primary opponents were so diluted by so many that we ended up with him against Colbert's REALLY WEIRD sister. Sanford was the choice of Democrats in SC because they thought they had a chance against him. Now Sanford is once again unreliably representing the 1st in SC.

38 posted on 10/04/2013 6:31:35 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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