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Lindsey Grahamís fourth GOP challenger Bill Connor announces run at Myrtle Beach Tea Party event
thestate.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Jamie Self

Posted on 11/12/2013 5:32:03 AM PST by cotton1706

COLUMBIA — U.S. Army veteran and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate Monday at a Myrtle Beach Tea Party meeting.Connor joins Spartanburg state Sen. Lee Bright, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace as the fourth candidate challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the June GOP primary.The only one of Graham’s challengers to run a statewide race, Connor ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 and lost in a runoff.A Monday news release on Connor’s newly launched website said that “Unlike some, Bill Connor wears the label of Tea Party Republican proudly.”In a video posted on Connor’s website and timed with his announcement, Connor says, “A small federal government our founders intended was for citizen legislators, people who would take time away from their families and businesses for a few years, do what’s right for our country’s future,” then come home and live under the laws they pass.“After nearly two decades in Washington Lindsey Graham’s values and votes look more like they came more from a congressional conference table,” Connor says in the video, accusing Graham of supporting conservative causes near election time.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; elections; hesafag; sc2014
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1 posted on 11/12/2013 5:32:03 AM PST by cotton1706
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Lindsey Graham’s fourth GOP challenger Bill Connor announces run at Myrtle Beach Tea Party event

Opposition and choices are great, but I can't help but wonder if Linda Graham is secretly supporting some of these challengers in hope that they will splinter the vote in the primary with him coming out on top.

2 posted on 11/12/2013 5:34:44 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

You are correct. It also splits up the Anti-Graham money 4 ways.


3 posted on 11/12/2013 5:36:55 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: The Sons of Liberty
If Graham doesn't get 50% of the vote, it goes to a run-off election. The more to take away votes from Graham and keep him from 50% the better.

/johnny

4 posted on 11/12/2013 5:39:26 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

4 challengers — Divide the conservative vote and conquer. Is South Carolina a plurality wins the primary state or is there a run-off?

If not a run-off state, You gotta hand it to the GOP-E; they have truly perfected the game they play.

I would imagine that at least one of those “conservatives” are plants. The others are just dunces, if they don’t realize the necessity of narrowing the field all by themselves.


5 posted on 11/12/2013 5:40:21 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Actually, it splits Graham's money 4 ways. He has to fight 4 challengers and waste money in the initial primary vote. When it goes to run-off, it's one on one, if Graham doesn't get 50% or more of the initial vote.

/johnny

6 posted on 11/12/2013 5:41:13 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: xzins
SC is a run-off state. And it has a sore-loser law. Graham can't run under another party if he loses the primary.

/johnny

7 posted on 11/12/2013 5:42:07 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: xzins

There’s a runoff if no candidate get’s over 50%. In a five person race, it’s unlikely Graham would be able to top 50%. Then we take him out in a runoff as we did Dewhurst!


8 posted on 11/12/2013 5:42:35 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: The Sons of Liberty

The way around this problem is for the Tea Party to present the four challengers with an agreement, that by a date certain, whichever of them leads in a “pre-primary”, as judged by a poll of the Tea Party membership, or even registered Republicans, will become the single nominee, and the others agree to drop out and give their support to him.

They either sign the agreement, or they are immediately cut off, and are no longer endorsed by the Tea Party, and those who do sign can call them “spoilers”, and reject them as nothing other than agents trying to get Graham re-elected as a “dirty trick”.

Yes, it is serious, but it is also good strategy. If a candidate cannot control their ego enough to support another candidate who is better than they are, they do not deserve to be elected.


9 posted on 11/12/2013 5:44:44 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (War on Terror news at rantburg.com)
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To: cotton1706

I absolutely wish our presidential election required a run-off if no one over 50%.


10 posted on 11/12/2013 5:44:50 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
I can't help but wonder if Linda Graham is secretly supporting some of these challengers in hope that they will splinter the vote in the primary with him coming out on top.

It doesn't work that way in a run-off primary. The more the better is the rule if you're trying to take down an entrenched candidate. That is how Cruz beat Dewhurst in TX. Dewhurst easily got the plurality of votes but he didn't get 50%. Thus, he had to face a run-off against Cruz alone. The contrast destroyed him. We can do the same to Lindsey

11 posted on 11/12/2013 5:45:00 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

I agree that we need a much narrower field. True tea partiers should sit down with tea party candidates and figure out a strategy of quickly determining the most viable tea party candidate and uniting around him or her.

Let them run but they should agree to exit the race when it becomes apparent who is the strongest tea party candidate.


12 posted on 11/12/2013 5:47:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
If all the challengers keep Graham from getting 50%, which is likely, then it will go to a run-off election where one challenger will be facing Graham.

No need to narrow the field down just yet, the primary is designed to do that.

/johnny

13 posted on 11/12/2013 5:49:20 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

In South Carolina, if no candidate receives 50% or more of the vote, there will be a runoff. Therefore, it’s not a bad thing to pack the field when attempting to unseat an entrenched incumbent.


14 posted on 11/12/2013 5:49:44 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: cripplecreek
It will be apparent after the first round of voting which is the strongest challenger to Graham, and there will be a run-off. This is a run-off type primary. The more the merrier at the beginning. They just need to keep Graham from getting 50%.

/johnny

15 posted on 11/12/2013 5:51:01 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Diluting the opposition isn’t going to accomplish anything but assure another term for Graham. Conservatives need to coalesce behind a single opponent.


16 posted on 11/12/2013 5:55:34 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
In South Carolina, if no candidate receives 50% or more of the vote, there will be a runoff.

Wish we had that law here in VA.

17 posted on 11/12/2013 5:56:21 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: cotton1706

Out with the old MILK and in with the new TEA.


18 posted on 11/12/2013 5:56:42 AM PST by jetson
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To: ScottinVA

The plan is to keep Graham under 50% so there’s a runoff. The second person will likely be Lee Bright, who’s gaining strength. Then in a one on one contest between Graham and Bright, we take out Graham.

Similar to the Dewhurst/Cruz race in Texas last year.


19 posted on 11/12/2013 5:57:38 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: ScottinVA

The time to unite behind a single opposition candidate in primarying Graham would be the runoff vote. Packing the field to get there is solid strategy.


20 posted on 11/12/2013 5:58:05 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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