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How Lindsey Graham keeps beating them all
PBS.org ^ | June 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM EDT | BY TERENCE BURLIJ, DOMENICO MONTANARO, RACHEL WELLFORD AND SIMONE PATHE

Posted on 06/09/2014 4:51:01 PM PDT by Resettozero

Mention Lindsey Graham’s name at a tea party rally, and the boos rain down. But despite angering some conservatives with his support for matters ranging from comprehensive immigration reform to President Obama’s nominees for the Supreme Court, the South Carolina Republican senator appears in position to cruise to a primary victory Tuesday against six challengers.

“If I had to bet the farm, I would have to bet that Graham is going to get through unscathed,” Clemson University political scientist David Woodard, a veteran GOP consultant and director of the Palmetto Poll told the Morning Line.

Graham has benefitted from a significant cash advantage, having raised more than $6 million. He was sitting on nearly $4 million late last month while none of his challengers had more than $250,000 left in the bank.

Opposition ‘deep but not wide’: Still, nine different local Republican Party groups have censured Graham in recent years. The list includes Charleston County, considered a Graham stronghold, and Greenville County, which outlined 29 actions or votes by the senator that it deemed “fundamentally inconsistent” with the principles of the South Carolina GOP.

Different dynamic from Mississippi: There are a number of reasons why Graham is likely to avoid the fate of six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who is in a fight for his political life in Mississippi. For one, Graham has spent 20 years in Congress, which is a far cry from the 42 years Cochran has served. But he also was aided by the fact that he didn’t have a single opponent like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi who was able to coalesce the anti-incumbent vote.

All of these factors combined make it likely Graham will score a clear win Tuesday, setting him up well for reelection in November.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
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Wonder how much this article cost him?
1 posted on 06/09/2014 4:51:01 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Primary election is tomorrow, Tuesday June 10th with the potential for a run-off TWO weeks from tomorrow, June 24th.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 4:52:16 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

the opposition dilutes their vote. he represents the old guard. All the others split up the opposition. Simple math. He’s better organized and the opposition needs to get some discipline.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 4:53:27 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Resettozero

The more pertinent question is, when is PBS going to be defunded?


4 posted on 06/09/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Resettozero

Who cares. It’s pbs. Marxist garbage that we pay for.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 4:55:13 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Resettozero

PLEASE get out and vote Tea Partiers. We don’t need to beat him tomorrow ... just force a runoff.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 4:55:23 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Resettozero

I might be wrong, but me thinks the pundits will be eating crow this time tomorrow. I see very few Linda supporters here in the upstate.


7 posted on 06/09/2014 4:56:06 PM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
...when is PBS going to be defunded?

Yep.
8 posted on 06/09/2014 4:57:15 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero
How Lindsey Graham keeps beating them all

Quick wrist action and lubricant.

9 posted on 06/09/2014 4:57:33 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Vaquero
Who cares. It’s pbs. Marxist garbage that we pay for.

But who cares.
10 posted on 06/09/2014 4:58:44 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: RIghtwardHo
PLEASE get out and vote Tea Partiers. We don’t need to beat him tomorrow ... just force a runoff.

You are exactly correct! Less than 50% for Lindsey is the goal!
11 posted on 06/09/2014 4:59:53 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: neal1960

“I might be wrong, but me thinks the pundits will be eating crow this time tomorrow. I see very few Linda supporters here in the upstate.”

My daughter lives in Charleston and can’t find any there either. She and her Citadel classmates are all voting for Nancy Mace. I don’t care as long as they all vote for someone other than Graham!


12 posted on 06/09/2014 5:00:03 PM PDT by Oregon Betsy Ross
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To: Resettozero

With his left hand?


13 posted on 06/09/2014 5:00:36 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Resettozero

“Wonder how much this article cost him?”

Having driven thou much of South Carolina, i can tell you the Article is probably accurate. Graham has a enormous money advantage, and a sinister campaigning machine.

Furthermore you will mostly find his signs in places where Democrats are traditionally strongest which tells you Graham draws much of his support from Democrats that vote in the South Carolina Republican primary.

The Lack of a unifying Republican Opposition leader to Graham means we can’t rally our remaining forces against the Rino’s and and Dems who support Graham. Graham also campaigns to democrats in his appeal to voters on the grounds that he takes care of people.

Simply put taking out a well entrenched encumbrance is very difficult in any state, indeed if that incumbent has a high position or profile in Congress like a minority, majority, or otherwise leader It darn near impossible due to their access to money and power.

But Graham is a democrat in republican clothing, and the democrats of South Carolina know it.


14 posted on 06/09/2014 5:00:40 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Resettozero

Vote for anyone but this POC.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 5:00:54 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Monorprise
Having driven thou much of South Carolina, i can tell you the Article is probably accurate.

Hard to argue with someone as well-traveled as you. Tomorrow night or Wednesday morning, we'll know.
16 posted on 06/09/2014 5:03:13 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

It all comes down to money and big rollers and corporations usually bankroll incumbents with a proven record - of pandering to them.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 5:22:21 PM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: ZULU
It all comes down to money and big rollers and corporations usually bankroll incumbents with a proven record - of pandering to them.

But, but...don't we voters matter at all in the S.C. Primary tomorrow, June 10th?
18 posted on 06/09/2014 5:24:38 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Viennacon
Vote for anyone but this POC.

Consider your demand met...tomorrow, June 10th.
19 posted on 06/09/2014 5:25:42 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Monorprise
a well entrenched encumbrance

I suspect you intended to write "incumbent," but this is more accurate.

20 posted on 06/09/2014 5:26:06 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Oregon Betsy Ross

I have seen many Graham signs, but 99% of them are on the roadside. Maybe 2-3 on private lawns. Also, on social media here in SC, Graham is taking a beating. Less than 24 hours.


21 posted on 06/09/2014 5:26:35 PM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: Oregon Betsy Ross

“My daughter lives in Charleston and can’t find any there either.”

Remember the story told at a lib cocktail party. “I don’t know anyone who voted for Reagan.”


22 posted on 06/09/2014 5:43:20 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Congress had its chance years ago and didn’t do it. We’re stuck with it forever, I think.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 5:44:53 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

That was Pauline Kael, I think, film critic for the NYT.


24 posted on 06/09/2014 5:46:43 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Viennacon

Vote for State Senator Lee Bright. He has a solid/provable conservative record and always polls as the next in line to Lady Lindsay.

http://votesmart.org/candidate/47863/lee-bright


25 posted on 06/09/2014 5:46:46 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: Resettozero

The poll sounds as if it’s close, but I’m not optimistic. I heard a sports radio talk show host in Columbia this morning — who makes occasional political remarks and presents himself on most issues as a conservative Republican — confidently express the opinion that Graham will win. Not that I think he’s a good prognosticator, but what’s significant is that he doesn’t even know that there’s a primary. He thinks Graham is running against liberal Republicans.

Low-information voters aren’t aware of the times Graham has undermined conservatives. They still think he’s a conservative. Recently he has been running some anti-Obama ads, and they’ll think they are voting against Obama when they vote for Graham. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win over 50% of the votes.


26 posted on 06/09/2014 5:55:34 PM PDT by GJones2 (Will Graham win again?)
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To: stilloftyhenight
Vote for State Senator Lee Bright.

Or one of the other 5 challengers who are planning to hold LG to less than 50% of the vote tomorrow, Tuesday June 10th. Runoff is on June 24th.
27 posted on 06/09/2014 7:05:26 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: GJones2
I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win over 50% of the votes.

Yes, I hope you are wrong and surprised. We'll know in approximately 24 hours or a few more.
28 posted on 06/09/2014 7:08:26 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero
No.

Unless there is a groundswell of support for or resentment against a candidate, the one with the most money puts up the most scurrilous adds and he/she wins.

If a candidate is an incumbent, they have a further edge as they have played "Godfather" to a lot voters, helping them out with government problems they could just as well have resolved themselves, but for which the "Godfather" gets credit when they mindlessly seek his assistance, instead of using the brains God wasted on them.

We live in a plutocratic oligarchy - mainly because we keep re-electing the same serial political criminals to office.

We abandoned the form of government the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us when we ceased being a “Republic of Virtue” that feared and respected the God who made us great.

29 posted on 06/10/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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We abandoned the form of government the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us when we ceased being a “Republic of Virtue” that feared and respected the God who made us great.

We are written about in the Old Testament over and over, if you can believe it.

I can agree with much of your response, but I'm planning to vote this afternoon anyway.
30 posted on 06/10/2014 7:53:54 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

I would also. I hope that rascal Linda Graham loses and God helps South Carolina and America.

It wouldn’t surprise me that we were mentioned in the Old Testament.

If anybody doesn’t believe the hand of od protected America, they should read about George Washington and what some indians told him after the Braddock defeat, or how the American army was able to escape from Long Island to Manhattan after a terrible defeat.


31 posted on 06/10/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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