Skip to comments.Tuesday's election results make Sen. Lindsey Graham optimistic
Posted on 05/21/2014 11:07:17 AM PDT by cotton1706
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said this week's primary results bode well for his crowded primary challenge on June 10.
A main theme from Tuesday's GOP primaries, particularly the Senate races in Georgia and Kentucky, was that the Republican establishment candidates have learned to beat tea party challengers.
Graham faces six Republican challengers, all of whom have argued that he has not been conservative enough, while Graham has argued that he has been effective because he is willing to work with his political opponents.
Asked about Tuesday's results, where more establishment GOP candidates defeated tea party challengers, Graham said they show that Republicans are looking for candidates who can win in the general election and can govern, if elected.
"The Republican party has a real opportunity in 2014 and 2016, so we're looking for candidates who can not only win but help solve the problems the nation faces," he said. "I think those two concepts help me at home - being a winner and a problem solver."
One of Graham's challengers, Easley businessman Richard Cash, said he shares the concerns of the tea party, such as fiscal discipline and adherence to the constitution, but considers himself more a "God and Country" candidate than a tea party candidate.
Cash said he doesn't think Tuesday's elections bears much on South Carolina's Senate primary race.
"In Kentucky, you had one main challenger to (incumbent Sen. Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell, and here we've got a group of challengers who are all peeling away votes from Senator Graham's base," Cash said.
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If conservatives get their fricking act together, then he will have a runoff, and then he will lose.
Sarah and Ted sat out Kentucky and they are sitting out South Carolina.
Is something wrong with that picture?
It’s not looking good for us after last night.
Therein lies the problem. Impossible for any one of them to really get their message out.
to many LIV’s... they won’t wake up and say “uh?” till it’s far far far to late to fix anything.
Yup, and also diffused opposition to Graham. Perhaps the Establishment is facility the wide field.
Maybe finally people will wake up and realize that trying to achieve our objectives through the GOP is not the answer.
That’s a good point, and the unspoken truth about established politicians that route funds back to their voters.