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Lindsey Graham Prevailing Over Primary Challengers
newsmax.com ^ | 5/4/14

Posted on 05/04/2014 6:48:56 AM PDT by cotton1706

Here's how Sen. Lindsey Graham is navigating through six challengers in South Carolina's Republican primary: goodwill, shrewd politics and nearly $7 million in campaign cash.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney was thought to be a credible challenger in the June 10 primary, until Graham inspired House leaders to give Mulvaney a seat on the House Financial Services Committee. Mulvaney opted against challenging the two-term senator.

A hacking episode resulted in the theft of South Carolina taxpayers' personal information and a public relations problem for Gov. Nikki Haley, also up for re-election this year. Graham advised her on the situation, and now she has better poll numbers than he does.

Not long ago, Graham looked vulnerable to a primary challenge from conservatives offended by his bipartisan dealmaking and votes for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees. Tea party challenges ousted GOP incumbents in the past two elections, and, some believe, prevented the party from regaining the Senate.

But Graham's power and shrewdness, not to mention the intimidating $7 million treasury, have positioned him to cruise to the nomination and likely re-election in November. He's benefited from the support of establishment Republicans and allied groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on gaining the six seats the GOP needs to retake the Senate.

Two top potential rivals let people know early on they were out.

State Sen. Tom Davis, an aide to former Gov. Mark Sanford, predicted before the Republican convention in 2012 that South Carolina voters would oust Graham. But Davis said he could do more for his libertarian-leaning causes in the state Senate, and that to run against Graham, he would need to raise a lot of money.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014gopprimary; 2014midterms; elections; sc2014
If Graham succeeds in getting through the primary and a runoff, then the people should remove him from power in November. He is a vile and dangerous oligarch.
1 posted on 05/04/2014 6:48:56 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Remember that Dewhurst was also declared the winner a month out as well.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: mazda77

True. One major difference was thate Dewhurst was not an incumbent, either.


3 posted on 05/04/2014 6:58:37 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: cotton1706

Not my state. Full agreement cotton ... May South Carolina replace graham. Would be better for the nation, if can be done with an actual Conservative.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 7:05:20 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: cotton1706

I guess the electorate of South Carolina are predominantly masochists.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 7:06:08 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: cotton1706

Given that Obama was twice elected, I see no reason to be hopeful that the tyranny of the low-information voter or of the gibsmedat voter will dissipate prior to the 2014 elections.

That South Carolina has open primaries is also a significant contributing factor.

Be prepared to grind your teeth over the re-election of Fairy Graham.


6 posted on 05/04/2014 7:07:12 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: Gaffer

He gives pretty speeches. I saw him speak at a Clemson commencement and he’s likable and friendly. That goes a long way in politics especially with the loinvoters.


7 posted on 05/04/2014 7:10:16 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: cotton1706

The March primary in Texas returned John Wayne McCornin as the Republican RINO in the November Elections.

You cannot beat a 1% Rich RINO with a bunch of nobodies who have no money, no massage, and do not put up a fight

It is time for 3RD party options


8 posted on 05/04/2014 7:10:39 AM PDT by DanZ
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To: cotton1706

The March primary in Texas returned John Wayne McCornin as the Republican RINO in the November Elections.

You cannot beat a 1% Rich RINO with a bunch of nobodies who have no money, no massage, and do not put up a fight

It is time for 3RD party options


9 posted on 05/04/2014 7:11:12 AM PDT by DanZ
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To: cotton1706

How pathetic that they can’t find a candidate with spine and guts to run against Linda.


10 posted on 05/04/2014 7:12:17 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Gaffer

The electorate in SC wouldn’t recognize someone with cajones if their lives depended on it, ya think?

Enjoy a true patriot for a change:

https://usconstitutionalfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/judge-jeanine-pirro-opening-statement-5-3-14/


11 posted on 05/04/2014 7:13:40 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: bkopto

Conservatives in a red state should know what’s going on. No excuse. Nebraska did the same with Hagel. No meeting of the minds. Mccain held back the best challenger. So did Cornyn as well as Alexander in August. Maybe our savior will be Scott Brown just like Bloomberg in the NY mayors race. Gag me with a spoon!


12 posted on 05/04/2014 7:14:23 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: CaspersGh0sts

But, he was the heir apparent according to the establishment and it was his turn, don’t chya know. It was like a compete surprise to them that he lost.


13 posted on 05/04/2014 7:22:16 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: cotton1706

Amen to that cotton1706


14 posted on 05/04/2014 7:25:28 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706

Please SC, dump this turd.


15 posted on 05/04/2014 7:31:42 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: DanZ

“a bunch of nobodies who have no money, no massage, and do not put up a fight”

I’m not too sure about “no massage.”


16 posted on 05/04/2014 7:37:28 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: no-to-illegals

What really sucks is that I get 10x more representation from Ms. Lindsey than I do my own representatives!


17 posted on 05/04/2014 7:52:35 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: cotton1706

If Senator Graham wins the Republican Primary June 10th or the possible run-off 3 weeks later, then S.C. gets a non-Constitutional conservative senator either way. But we’re far from the only State caught in this kind of situation.

FR poster who discourage S.C.’s conservative electorate BEFORE the election probably are secret supporters of the SCGOPe or are Democrats. It really is easy for the reader to discern.


18 posted on 05/04/2014 7:54:54 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

FR posters...


19 posted on 05/04/2014 7:55:33 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: rockrr

That is scary. I have two Senators that do not respond except mostly with vitriol when contacting but a Representative that is a straight shooter with me. My Representative has been good to bordering on great. Both Senators, one a republican, the other a democrat never or hardly even listen to anything I have to say. The republican is hardly ever listening and the democrat never listens. Hear mostly from out of state Senators, in mailings.


20 posted on 05/04/2014 8:05:10 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Resettozero

“FR poster who discourage S.C.’s conservative electorate BEFORE the election probably are secret supporters of the SCGOPe or are Democrats. It really is easy for the reader to discern.”

Well that is definitely not the case with me. I’m just looking ahead. Graham has been very skillful at manipulation and I want the people of South Carolina to be against him one way or the other. He has demonstrated himself to be a man who should not be trusted with legislative power.


21 posted on 05/04/2014 8:20:41 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
Well that is definitely not the case with me. I’m just looking ahead.

My brush had too broad a stroke. My sincere apology; I know the good works you do. And thank you, Cotton.
22 posted on 05/04/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Yep. One, not six who will allow “divide and conquer” to re-elect Linda.


23 posted on 05/04/2014 8:44:13 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob
Yep. One, not six who will allow “divide and conquer” to re-elect Linda.

Doesn't work that way, BB. And I believe that's previously been explained to you by another FReeper; perhaps more than once.

ALL of the challengers are running anti-Graham campaigns. SIX added together have a better chance of denying Graham the 50% + 1 vote he needs to avoid a run-off. Then in the runoff, anyone except Graham gets our vote.

But I'm almost certain you knew this.
24 posted on 05/04/2014 9:01:34 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

The biggest disappointment I have is Sen. Tim Scott. I really thought he would be a good Conservative for South Carolina.

Unfortunately he decided to take part in the TV ads with Graham, which are saturating the airwaves, both claiming to be solid Conservatives.

I voted for Graham the first time he ran and have regretted it to this day but I won’t make that same mistake with Scott.


25 posted on 05/04/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT by RetSignman (ObamacACA is full of crap.)
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To: Resettozero

We can defeat Graham if we:

(1) thoroughly “vet” his six (SIX!) opponents to try to reduce that number
(2) select the best speaker/debater of the remaining candidates
(3) get all (ALL!) of the original six not selected to contribute their funds and organizations to the ONE remaing opponent facing Graham.
(4) Aggressively raise funds for the ONE.
(5) OUT CAMPAIGN!
(6) WIN!

As Franklin said: “Unite or die!”


26 posted on 05/04/2014 9:22:01 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: Resettozero

We can defeat Graham if we:

(1) thoroughly “vet” his six (SIX!) opponents to try to reduce that number
(2) select the best speaker/debater of the remaining candidates
(3) get all (ALL!) of the original six not selected to contribute their funds and organizations to the ONE remaing opponent facing Graham.
(4) Aggressively raise funds for the ONE.
(5) OUT CAMPAIGN!
(6) WIN!

As Franklin said: “Unite or die!”


27 posted on 05/04/2014 9:22:14 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: pfony1; upchuck
We can defeat Graham if we:
(1) thoroughly “vet” his six (SIX!) opponents to try to reduce that number
(2) select the best speaker/debater of the remaining candidates
(3) get all (ALL!) of the original six not selected to contribute their funds and organizations to the ONE remaing opponent facing Graham.
(4) Aggressively raise funds for the ONE.


Not the way it works in S.C. FReeper Upchuck has posted the explanation many, many times. I also gave a condensed version in this thread.
28 posted on 05/04/2014 9:35:37 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

Another completely unbelievable article. The neo-cons are seeding these fake stories all over the net. Where does this stupid article back up its implausibe assertions that Graham is leading on anything? Oh, Graham is backed by the we-love-illegal-aliens Chamber of Commerce. Establishment Republicans also love themselves Lindsey. That’s certainly proof-positive that Graham will win.

Here’s the facts, FReepers. Graham has been polling somewhere between 37% and 42% approval ratings for a year or more, with both Republicans and democrats polled.

These articles are pure garbage designed to depress conservatives.


29 posted on 05/04/2014 9:42:23 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: RetSignman
Unfortunately he decided to take part in the TV ads with Graham, which are saturating the airwaves, both claiming to be solid Conservatives.

That TV ad is totally a Lindsey Graham campaign production from beginning to end. They can say pretty much anything they want in it.

Do you know for certain if this ad was done with Tim Scott's approval or co-operation? It sounds as you have inside information.
30 posted on 05/04/2014 9:42:30 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: sergeantdave
These articles are pure garbage designed to depress conservatives.

Hear hear!

EXACTLY correct you are! Precisely so. On-the-money. Nail-on-the-head. You be right, Sarge!
31 posted on 05/04/2014 9:45:26 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: DanZ
It is time for 3RD party options.

Referring to our State only or Nationally? What's your plan?
32 posted on 05/04/2014 9:48:12 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: sergeantdave

“These articles are pure garbage designed to depress conservatives.”

I hope you are right. And I usually don’t post puff pieces or positive articles on Graham. I just wanted people to be aware of the possible lay of the land.

If we can build some momentum with some victories in May and early June, we can certainly force a runoff.

Brannon on Tuesday (and put a dent into Boehner’s election numbers), Sasse the following Tuesday, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon on 5/20, Texas on 5/27 and MS on 6/3.

If we take out Cochran on June 3rd, we can take out Graham on June 10th.


33 posted on 05/04/2014 9:52:48 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: RetSignman
The biggest disappointment I have is Sen. Tim Scott. I really thought he would be a good Conservative for South Carolina.

Unfortunately he decided to take part in the TV ads with Graham, which are saturating the airwaves, both claiming to be solid Conservatives.

I voted for Graham the first time he ran and have regretted it to this day but I won’t make that same mistake with Scott.


One TV ad, made by Graham people, in which GRAHAM IS RIDING TIM SCOTT'S CONSERVATIVE COATTAILS, dissuades you from supporting Scott?! No; there has to be another reason.

Free Republic is and always has been a website for conservatives. Of course, others can register and post also.
34 posted on 05/04/2014 9:54:30 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706
If we take out Cochran on June 3rd, we can take out Graham on June 10th.

Even if Cochran is NOT defeated, South Carolina Constitutional conservatives, with help from some S.C. Republicans, CAN DENY RE-NOMINATION to Graham on June 10th or 3 weeks later in the presumed run-off.

Cotton?
35 posted on 05/04/2014 9:58:17 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Oh, I agree. I was just saying that momentum would help.


36 posted on 05/04/2014 9:59:38 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

Bushlips.


37 posted on 05/04/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Resettozero

Hmmm...

“Not the way it works in S.C.”

So are you saying that one candidate NEVER gives his/her support to another candidate as voting day approaches? NEVER?

Are you saying that Conservative S.C. Republicans have NO choice but to allow their primaries to be “hi-jacked” by dirty-trickster cross-over Democrat voters?


38 posted on 05/04/2014 10:16:13 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: cotton1706

“But Davis said he could do more for his libertarian-leaning causes in the state Senate, and that to run against Graham, he would need to raise a lot of money.”

On that at least I agree with Davis, if we are to reclaim our liberty the bulk of the work must be done from the State Houses and Senates.
We need to control education, we need to start teaching the central important of economic liberty again.

Furthermore our States must be a the center of the movement to take power back from Washington. They must be made into the weapon that can not only push Washington back into its box but keep it there.

It is thou their strength that we the people gain our power to vote with not only our stronger ballots but as free people with our feet.


39 posted on 05/04/2014 10:43:50 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: pfony1
So are you saying that one candidate NEVER gives his/her support to another candidate as voting day approaches? NEVER?

No.

Are you saying that Conservative S.C. Republicans have NO choice but to allow their primaries to be “hi-jacked” by dirty-trickster cross-over Democrat voters

No.
40 posted on 05/04/2014 11:00:45 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

No; there has to be another reason.
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There is no other reason. I have emailed Sen. Scott about my concerns with his, what appears to be ‘joining forces’ with Graham and I would LIKE to hear that Graham, out of his desperation, took it upon himself to include him in those TV ads without his permission.


41 posted on 05/04/2014 12:28:47 PM PDT by RetSignman (ObamacACA is full of crap.)
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To: RetSignman
There is no other reason. I have emailed Sen. Scott about my concerns with his, what appears to be ‘joining forces’ with Graham and I would LIKE to hear that Graham, out of his desperation, took it upon himself to include him in those TV ads without his permission.

It's good to hear this. Thank you. Please let us know what you learn one way or another? I'll scratch around a little too.

Either way, I am not looking for an excuse to readily dismiss Senator Scott; I believe he is sincere in saying he is for the same Constitutional conservatives ideals as I.
42 posted on 05/04/2014 12:37:35 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Please let us know what you learn one way or another?
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I will do that. I just hope that Sen. Scott hasn’t been lured into thinking, just because he is a rookie Senator, that is is going to need the GOPe to win his own election bid.


43 posted on 05/04/2014 12:51:14 PM PDT by RetSignman (ObamacACA is full of crap.)
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To: RetSignman
I just hope that Sen. Scott hasn’t been lured into thinking, just because he is a rookie Senator, that is is going to need the GOPe to win his own election bid

Scott, a conservative in the vein I understand American Constitutional conservatism, should get the primary victory outright and should win in the General Election.

Graham is tying Graham to Scott in ads because Graham knows S.C. knows Scott is a true conservative. Either way, in the fall elections, it will be Scott and another conservative who is not Graham who will be running together for both S.C.'s U.S. Senators' seats. Allow us some hope, okay?
44 posted on 05/04/2014 1:19:07 PM PDT by Resettozero
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