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Lindsey Graham may be cruising to victory
Hotair ^ | 05/04/2014 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 05/04/2014 5:00:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

There have been few targets among grassroots conservatives as large as South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham over the past few years. His “compromise” votes on subjects ranging from Obama nominees to government shutdowns have had the base up in arms, frequently bringing up promises of retribution during the next election cycle. Well, that time has arrived, but the comeuppance still doesn’t seem to be developing. Oh, he has challengers to be sure… six of them in fact, just in the primary. And yet, he doesn’t look like a guy with a lot of worries. According to at least one report, he’s managing this feat through a combination of goodwill, shrewd politics and nearly $7 million.

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.

It also helped that two of the most promising contenders to unseat him from his own party found, er… better things to do.

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.

There was a movement to draft Mulvaney, but he demurred, saying he doesn’t enter races he can’t win.

The crowded field of more than a half dozen people seems to be working as something of a double edged sword, given the way the South Carolina primary process works. On the one hand, Graham needs to get more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff, which becomes incrementally more difficult as more contenders throw their hats in the ring. On the other, having such a low signal to noise ratio, it becomes harder for the contenders to break through. None of the challengers are registering at more than 10% in the latest polls. Of course, if one of them does wind up in a runoff with Graham, that will focus attention and possible support, but would it be enough to surge into the lead? And let’s not forget the $7M advantage. It’s given Graham the luxury of time and greasing some palms to keep himself in good favor with the folks who count.

Whenever he isn’t in Washington, Graham is campaigning.

The money the senator has amassed for his race means he can run ads almost daily, host free barbecues and ice cream socials and organize the more than 5,000 precinct captains that he claims into a massive get-out-the-vote effort.

Any battle to unseat Graham was always going to be a tough one and it would require some serious organizational skills – as well as cash – to pull it off. Whether any of this crop of contenders can muster that type of effort will be coming clear next month. The South Carolina Senate primary takes place on June 10th.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: lindsaygraham; southcarolina
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1 posted on 05/04/2014 5:00:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I loathe RINOs.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 5:04:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

more’s the shame


3 posted on 05/04/2014 5:09:22 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

People of South Carolina!

Have you no shame?


4 posted on 05/04/2014 5:11:56 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: SeekAndFind

What does it *take* to defeat these traitorous scumbags?

Remember when he was known as “Lindsay Gramnesty?”


5 posted on 05/04/2014 5:11:58 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Massachusetts,Vermont,New York,California and others cannot do better than Lindsey Graham.South Carolina,OTOH,most assuredly can.
6 posted on 05/04/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: SeekAndFind

Really, South Carolina, is that the BEST that you can do?


7 posted on 05/04/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: dsc

Hey, plenty buy into the lesser evil crap. They feel winning is the most important thing. So Lindsay will win and they get exactly what they wanted. Amnesty, gay everything and a war with Russia. But as long as ‘We win” that’s all that matters right? “What” we win is a different story entirely. But we ‘win’.

Remember that folks when you hear your BFFreeper spouting the liberal meme of lesser evil and the rest.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 5:37:03 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: x1stcav
People of South Carolina! Have you no shame?

Not a lick, Colorado! Smoke another one.

BTW, when ya'll come down, maybe you would like to know that the Primary is June 10th (WE HAVEN'T VOTED YET!!!) and the expected/hoped-for runoff is 3 weeks later.

Also, Colorado, it has been SIX years since we could vote to replace Senator Graham.

Now, back to your regularly-scheduled lambaste of South Carolina Constitutional conservatives...
9 posted on 05/04/2014 5:38:04 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

10 posted on 05/04/2014 5:41:02 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Really, South Carolina, is that the BEST that you can do?

Florida, you self-righteousness is looking quite hypocritical to us. You have work to do in Florida first. A lot of work. But thank you for throwing your trash on our highways when passing through; gives road gangs work.
11 posted on 05/04/2014 5:41:36 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: x1stcav

It’s simple math. The anti-Graham forces should have found and funded ONE good candidate. At that they failed, and he skates right in. Time for conservatives to get their act together if they’re going to do more than loathe RINOs.


12 posted on 05/04/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Resettozero

I’ll answer for Nellie and Marco when the time comes but this is your year, SC.


13 posted on 05/04/2014 5:45:51 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what happens when six competitors go up against one liberal. The liberal will win.


14 posted on 05/04/2014 5:50:29 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: EDINVA; upchuck
It’s simple math. The anti-Graham forces should have found and funded ONE good candidate. At that they failed, and he skates right in. Time for conservatives to get their act together if they’re going to do more than loathe RINOs.

Ed, it may be simple Common Core Standards math but doesn't really add up the way you think. Upchuck has explained our 50% + 1 vote primary system at least 10 times that I've seen on FR; probably many more than that. The more anti-Graham CHALLENGERS, the better the chance to hold him under 50%.

No skating in for LG, Virginia dummkoph.

15 posted on 05/04/2014 5:53:20 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: NonValueAdded
I’ll answer for Nellie and Marco when the time comes but this is your year, SC.

Poppycock; you've got a lot of corrections to make in Florida NOW before giving S.C. advice. Plain insulting, you are.
16 posted on 05/04/2014 5:55:26 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SoFloFreeper
This is what happens when six competitors go up against one liberal. The liberal will win.

S.C. primary rules (50% +1 vote) has been explained to you PERSONALLY. On this subject, you are posting garbage again.
17 posted on 05/04/2014 5:58:01 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: EDINVA

I’ll take your word for it.

But South Carolinian’s should still hang their heads in shame.


18 posted on 05/04/2014 6:03:17 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: EDINVA

Graham is just enough of a weasel to line up additional “conservative” candidates and reward them well...


19 posted on 05/04/2014 6:05:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: SeekAndFind

THIS does not bode well for conservatives.

Obama elected twice. Graham seemingly coasting to reelection... What in the world am in not seeing?

How do we turn the electorate back to sanity? Or is it that conservatives are overwhelmingly outnumbered to the point of ineffectiveness, not only as a national demographic, but even within the GOP?

The entire state of SC can’t be moonbat insane, so it must be me. I’m at a complete loss to comprehend the SC voters mindset if they reelect that waste of a human being.


20 posted on 05/04/2014 6:10:33 PM PDT by jaydee770
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To: Resettozero

Is there any polling data showing how the candidates stack
up? If so could you link it.
Thanks.


21 posted on 05/04/2014 6:17:24 PM PDT by deport
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To: SeekAndFind

And we wonder why the GOPe could care less about us.


22 posted on 05/04/2014 6:17:47 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Blood of Tyrants

You and me both.


23 posted on 05/04/2014 6:17:57 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: x1stcav
I’ll take your word for it. But South Carolinian’s should still hang their heads in shame.

How about a face-palm instead?...for you. Go enjoy all the vivid colors and understandings of the origin of the universe before you come down. (Wow, man, look at that...)
24 posted on 05/04/2014 6:18:28 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

Term limits, please. Too bad career politicians (i.e: most of Congress), will never bring it up or vote for it and will instead do everything they can to squelch the issue.


25 posted on 05/04/2014 6:19:18 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: deport
Is there any polling data showing how the candidates stack up? If so could you link it. Thanks.

Nothing recent that I can trust. Last one I saw a few weeks ago, Graham was under 50%.

For what it's worth, S.C. media is and has been bought and paid for my LG's minions. It's a prime reason he won in 2008; also, happy voters were pulling a straight-party lever for Sarah Palin. Lindsey was inadvertently re-elected.

Let's see how it plays out on June 10th this year, or 3 weeks later in the runoff. In S.C., it really IS the only polling that counts.


26 posted on 05/04/2014 6:26:10 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: jaydee770
Graham seemingly coasting to reelection... What in the world am in not seeing?

The actual vote totals after the June 10th primary and/or runoff 3 weeks later!
27 posted on 05/04/2014 6:27:45 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: x1stcav

Lindsey has been on tv hyped as a conservative 24/7 with no counterattack ads telling the truth. He runs shamnesty controlled telephone townhall meetings where callers are preselected to softball questions. There is no big name candidate running against him. Only political junkies in SC know what is really going on. Go Gamecocks!

I loathe Lindsey Graham, but there has not been an effective campaign run against him, and he has the establishment and millions for tv ads. You can blame the people in SC, but McCains buddy is in for another 6 years to cut deals with the liberal democrats and work against conservatives. Is there ever a better example of the need for term limits?


28 posted on 05/04/2014 6:47:56 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

BTW, the people in SC are overwhelmingly conservative, go figure!


29 posted on 05/04/2014 6:51:16 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I felt like the nominations of Cornball and George P. in TX would mean the victory of all the “moderate” incumbents with the possible exception of Thad Enough Cochran, and even there the challenger trails.


30 posted on 05/04/2014 6:52:43 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Palmettos are incapable of nominating good candidates.


31 posted on 05/04/2014 6:53:37 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: jaydee770

The little Palmettos know little more than name ID, just like their compatriots elsewhere.


32 posted on 05/04/2014 6:54:53 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Resettozero

That’s right, SC is bad, but FL’s Crist has a solid lead for governor according to ‘’The Southern Political
Report’’, April 28.


33 posted on 05/04/2014 6:56:47 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.
The little Palmettos know little more than...

Just remember: one is never too old to get a whuppin'! Just keep it up...
34 posted on 05/04/2014 6:58:51 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Theodore R.
That’s right, SC is bad, but...

First you litter our S.C. roadsides then you come litter on FR.
35 posted on 05/04/2014 7:00:50 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Theodore R.
Palmettos are incapable of...

Which one of us do you prefer to call you an unwashed idiot?
36 posted on 05/04/2014 7:02:50 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

South Carolina citizens...vote Graham out...


37 posted on 05/04/2014 7:29:59 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: EDINVA; Resettozero
Ed, regarding the South Carolina primary, here's the complete info:Source.
38 posted on 05/04/2014 7:32:27 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: upchuck; EDINVA

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G14/SC


39 posted on 05/04/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ..
Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.

Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are ABLE!!
40 posted on 05/04/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lindsey Graham cruising isn’t news.


41 posted on 05/04/2014 8:06:26 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“This is what happens when six competitors go up against one liberal. The liberal will win”......same thing’s gonna happen in the presidential primary, again, and we’re gonna get jeb bush.


42 posted on 05/04/2014 8:37:45 PM PDT by stickywillie (how come there are no father-in-law jokes?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’s not correct for SC. One candidate has to get more than 50% of the vote or there is a runoff. So in this case, more challengers would be a good thing.


43 posted on 05/04/2014 8:54:26 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Resettozero

We can discuss this June 11. I’m marking my calendar. And this thread.


44 posted on 05/04/2014 10:06:12 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Norm Lenhart

Taking the lesser of evils, on a consistent basis, marches you right down the line to great evil.


45 posted on 05/04/2014 11:15:30 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: jaydee770

“Or is it that conservatives are overwhelmingly outnumbered”

I think demonrat electoral fraud is even worse than most of us imagine.


46 posted on 05/04/2014 11:18:16 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Resettozero

We will see.


47 posted on 05/05/2014 12:57:25 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind
Lindsay Graham has been in office since 2003. Unless the incentive to re-elect incumbents (power, money and free stuff for your district) is removed, this will never change.

People claim that they're conservative/against government spending, but the overwhelming vast majority turn around time and time again to vote for free goodies from their incumbent.

48 posted on 05/05/2014 1:41:08 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: dsc

It doesn’t matter what angle one approaches it from.
Self professed Christians pushed it last election. Some in a decidedly unchristian manner, what with the personal attacks and all. But not one can square the promotion of any level of evil Biblical.

If one comes at it from a secular conservative standpoint, they have to explain how accepting lesser evil squares with an act that is by commission, situational ethics...which is outright against every principle of conservatism.

What it boils down to is simple. And also why they react to angrily. These people want to have their cake and eat it too, just like any other liberal. No one wants to tell their online BFF that they share cat pix with that, but it is provably true.

One cannot serve to masters. And people that refused to accept lesser evil candidates are not responsible for electing the wholly unprincipled idiots infesting congress and the senate. The elected reps that have assisted Obama ar every turn, refused to prosecute Holder and Lerner after all this time, had to be dragged screaming into Bhenghazi, promote Amnesty, refused to defend traditional marriage when the DOMA was their own law to begin with, are moderating more each day on abortion and homosexuality, screwed the vets out of benefits, funded Obamacare, sign check after check for anything the fool wants...

And so many more things that are no different in theory or in application than any POS Democrat.

All the above is factual. There is no exagerating, no dramatics. Not one of the lesser evils can refute it with fact, logic or reason. So why do they fight us? Why do they scream like the 5 year old throwing himself on the floor an a full blown tantrum?

Because they want their cake and want to eat ti too. They refuse to sacrifice anything to get a conservative elected. If the conservative isn’t the odds on favorite to win, they simply vote for the RINO... Then get EVERYTHING listed above, go online anf bitch to high heaven that the RINOs suck. WELL WHO PUT THEM IN POWER?

There is a Freeper running against Bhoner. No one talks about him. Most here don’t even know he’s running. There are tons of articles with Bhoner and rarely a mention of his competition. And what will they do? They will go vote for Bhoner. They will put these not so lesser evils back in or freshly into office for the almighty “Win no matter what”. They know they will support the Dems and they do it election after election. They cannot even man up and take the chance on voting for their ‘supposed’ beliefs.

Just look at what they ‘win’.


49 posted on 05/05/2014 2:26:24 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Theodore R.

don’t believe it ... crist is seen as a genuine political scum bag ...


50 posted on 05/05/2014 4:36:38 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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