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Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham
politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Peter Hambly

Posted on 02/04/2014 2:43:10 PM PST by cotton1706

The already-crowded race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is about to get another candidate.

Det Bowers, a well-connected Columbia pastor known for his oratory, put weeks of rumors to rest on Monday and said he is joining the five-person Republican Senate primary field.

“No question,” Bowers told CNN in a phone interview. “I am definitely running.”

Bowers said he filed fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in recent days and plans to make a formal announcement about his campaign soon. He also commiserated with donors in Washington and Texas last month, people close to him said.

“I understand the complexity of the task, but have every confidence this is exactly what I ought to be doing this season,” Bowers said.

The task of beating Graham, while complex, is not as impossible as Graham’s allies have made it seem, derisively referring to his primary opponents in private as “the clown car.”

Despite having a long list of powerful friends and mounds of campaign cash – he reported more than $7 million last month - Graham’s vulnerability in this June’s Republican primary is an open secret in South Carolina.

Public polling has been spotty, but insiders are currently pegging Graham’s vote ceiling a primary somewhere in the low to mid-40s. And while two of the state’s senior-most Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott, have had kind words for Graham, they have declined to formally endorse his re-election bid.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; detbowers; elections; gopprimary; pastor; primarygraham; sc2014

1 posted on 02/04/2014 2:43:10 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Too many candidates dilute the electorate and Graham will win.


2 posted on 02/04/2014 2:46:21 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: cotton1706

Is this fellow in any way, shape or form associated with Huckabee? If so, I smell a rat.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 2:47:11 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: cotton1706

So, what is the strategery now on putting Linda down?


4 posted on 02/04/2014 2:47:46 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: elpadre

Hopefully SC has a 51% rule, otherwise the contenders need to sort out who has the best chance to win and the rest step aside.


5 posted on 02/04/2014 2:48:06 PM PST by soycd
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To: Paladin2

“So, what is the strategery now on putting Linda down?”

Same as before. Force a runoff by denying Graham over 50%. Then we all rally to whoever comes in second.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 2:48:58 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

From the article:

“If no candidate clears 50% in the primary this summer, the top two finishers will face each other in a two-week runoff election. The winner of the nomination is expected to cruise to victory in November in the Republican-leaning state”


7 posted on 02/04/2014 2:51:14 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry; All

Talked to people in Texas and Washington raises ? about this candidate


8 posted on 02/04/2014 2:53:35 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: upchuck

Very interesting.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 2:55:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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10 posted on 02/04/2014 3:01:32 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: cotton1706

Anybody google this guy, or does anybody on FR attend this church? I’m not against voting for a pastor, by any means, but, like another commenter said, if he is another Huckabee, then hopefully, he’ll not garner much support. Who IS a good candidate in SC, anyway?


11 posted on 02/04/2014 3:14:43 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: elpadre
Too many candidates dilute the electorate and Graham will win.

No, this is a runoff system so the more the merrier is the rule in the first round. Just keep Lindsey under 50% and then get fully behind his sole opponent in the runoff to take him out.

12 posted on 02/04/2014 3:21:42 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: cotton1706

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE South Carolina conservatives, do not yourselves, and do not allow outside-our-base-interests to, create a win for Graham in the GOP primary as a resultof an excess of official candidates against him on the ballot;

that’s how we got so MANY of the Romney primary victories in 2008; he won many of the primaries with mere pluralities, not majorities;

all it takes is a bunch of conservatives all putting their egos ahead of the pure objective of trying to beat our opponents, and we get a divided field of multiple conservatives who collectively lose to a “moderate” or Liberal RINO who wins with only a plurality, not a majority.

PLEASE, PLEASE South Carolina don’t do it.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 3:25:31 PM PST by Wuli
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To: elpadre

I wouldn’t be at all surprised, if most of the field is made up of folks who think he’s swell.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 3:37:03 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Wuli

“...we get a divided field of multiple conservatives who collectively lose to a “moderate” or Liberal RINO who wins with only a plurality, not a majority....”
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A plurality won’t cut it in the South Carolina Republican primary. If Graham doesn’t get a MAJORITY in the primary, then there will be a run-off of the first two finishers in the primary. This is how Ted Cruz won against the GOPe favorite in Texas last cycle and how the 2nd place conservative finisher will knock off Little Lindsey Graham in South Carolina THIS cycle.


15 posted on 02/04/2014 3:38:01 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: elpadre

yep, and that is why, I think, many of these people are IN the race...they are there as stealth candidates to give Graham the nod.

Supposedly the same trick Joe Kennedy used for his son Jack:

http://www.politico.com/gallery/2012/06/16-worst-political-dirty-tricks/000188-002246.html

although this site disputes the notion:
http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Fast-Facts/Election-1946.aspx


16 posted on 02/04/2014 3:40:47 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Wuli
"---do not allow outside-our-base-interests to, create a win for Graham in the GOP primary---"

In SC the primary election winner must have a 50% plus 1 majority of the vote to be victorious. If not, a runoff election is held between the top 2 finishers. That way, a number of conservative candiadates against Graham is a good thing.

Your scenario might come into play however because SC has an open primary. Rats can cross over and vote for Graham which might undo the challengers plurality strategy.

17 posted on 02/04/2014 3:45:00 PM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: cotton1706

http://www.ironmanoutdoors.org/pages.asp?pageid=110404

deTreville F. Bowers, Jr.
Born: 4/14/52

Estill, South Carolina

Married to: Pauline (Polly) Wyman (of Estill)

Three sons - 2 daughters-in-law - 3 granddaughters

Undergraduate:

Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

BA in Government, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1974)

Graduate:

1. University of South Carolina School of Law

Doctorate in Jurisprudence (1977)

2. Columbia International University

Master of Divinity (1995)

Practicing attorney for nearly 20 years (Federal, State and Municipal Courts)

Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Preaching Pastor, Christ Church of the Carolinas, Columbia, South Carolina

The Real Scoop
Det Bowers is a guy who knows how to communicate with men! He’s rational, logical,
and not afraid to tell you where he stands on the issues. Det is the founding pastor
of Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia, SC. Det didn’t accept Christ until
he was in his 30’s. He left a successful law practice to attend Seminary and then
start a Church. Det has an entire media ministry called “Being Transformed.”
He’s widely know in SC for his television commercials where he commuicates the gospel
message in less than 60 seconds! And on top of all that, he has the coolest name
in Ironman Outdoors!


18 posted on 02/04/2014 3:47:57 PM PST by deport
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To: cotton1706

Stop dividing the primary vote. It will ensure Graham’s re-election.


19 posted on 02/04/2014 4:05:45 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (Unite in the primary to unseat RINOs...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: Shery

“Who IS a good candidate in SC, anyway?” My support is going to Lee Bright. Very Conservative and pro 2nd amendment. http://www.brightforsenate.com/


20 posted on 02/04/2014 4:06:28 PM PST by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: elpadre
Nope. The more people who attract attn to the primary, the better! Huckabee is doing ads for Graham, I'm glad a preacher is going for a chance.
21 posted on 02/04/2014 4:08:41 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: buckalfa

That could happen, but Democrats in SC are too lazy to do that in an off year. Democrats will be home smoking pot and watching porn.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 4:10:16 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Shery

State Senator Lee Bright. He has a record as a staunch Conservative.


23 posted on 02/04/2014 4:19:01 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (Unite in the primary to unseat RINOs...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: House Atreides

It’s also hopefully how Greg Brannon will win in North Carolina, but we have to keep Speaker Tillis under 40%.


24 posted on 02/04/2014 4:26:58 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: buckalfa

forgive my ignorance of primary rules in SC, mea culpa


25 posted on 02/04/2014 4:53:24 PM PST by Wuli
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To: House Atreides

forgive my ignorance of primary rules in SC, mea culpa


26 posted on 02/04/2014 4:53:36 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli

No apology necessary. Your values are correct!


27 posted on 02/04/2014 5:43:45 PM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: cotton1706

Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott, have had kind words for Graham, they have declined to formally endorse his re-election bid.
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It’s a shame that Rand Paul could not have been that smart in KY rather than endorsing Mitch McConnell.


28 posted on 02/05/2014 10:19:12 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: cotton1706

Graham supporters were quick to highlight Bowers’ past support for Democratic candidates. Bowers was the chairman of Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential bid in South Carolina.
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WTF???? Oh, well, that will be one more person to draw votes away from Graham and force a run-off.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 10:24:56 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: elpadre

Too many candidates dilute the electorate and Graham will win.
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NOT SO!!! As the Article stated, and as I’ve said on here many times, adding another candidate to draw votes away from Graham is just adding more insurance to the fact that Graham will NOT get 50% of the vote and he will be forced into a run-off. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF HE WAS NOT EVEN ONE OF THE TOP TWO VOTE GETTERS?


30 posted on 02/05/2014 10:27:36 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Shery

Lee Bright.


31 posted on 02/05/2014 10:29:36 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: stilloftyhenight

Stop dividing the primary vote. It will ensure Graham’s re-election.
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Come on now, you’re not thinking. Please see Post #30. Thanks.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 10:32:11 AM PST by Din Maker
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