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February 14, 2016

South Carolina Results: Lindsey Graham Wins GOP Primary (Video)

In the South Carolina primary, Graham faced a challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the same night that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary bid to an opponent who singularly focused on opposing the immigration overhaul, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — one of the authors of that legislation — won his primary with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Graham had 59 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race, all but ensuring his re-election to a third term. He also avoided a runoff, easily clearing the 50 percent threshold. He defeated state Sen. Lee Bright, businessman Richard Cash, businesswoman Nancy Mace, pastor Det Bowers, and attorney Bill Connor.

Conservatives initially targeted Graham this cycle, citing his support for a comprehensive immigration rewrite in the Senate. But no viable challenger emerged to take on Graham and his considerable war chest.

The senator did not take the race for granted: He has been on the air since February with ads touting his conservative bona fides.

There is no serious Democratic challenger, and Graham is expected to coast to re-election in the fall.

South Carolina’s junior senator, Republican Tim Scott, is also up for election this year. Scott was appointed to the Senate last year by Gov. Nikki R. Haley, after former GOP Sen. Jim DeMint resigned to become president of the Heritage Foundation.

Scott did not have a challenger in Tuesday’s primary.

Both races are rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Calvin

    Scott did have a challenger, just one who only filed as a candidate and was never seen nor heard from after that. (Probably a Democrat plant.)

  • nobody512

    Since Graham has too many establishment votes, then I suggest everyone that voted against him, vote Democrat and he will be out. The next election cycle, we can get a conservative in. YES, I AM A GOP REGISTERED VOTER.

  • teapartyidiots

    Proof that if you actually pay attention to your constituents and are a good campaigner you can be sane and still win.

  • Mr D.

    sounds like a plan…I like it

  • left wing

    no, but keep your insanity going

  • Bruce

    Graham fought to pass and inact the NDAA that destroyed our rights under the constitution. He has commiited treason in my mind and betrayed his oath and ALL of us. Who in GODS name is so stupid to vote for him again?

  • Elle’s Island

    While Marxism depends upon revolutionary tactics, the Fabian approach uses centralized control wielded through the pens of appointed apparatchiks.

  • Al Easimo

    The word “collectivism” does not refer to the interactions and voluntary association that arise spontaneously from our social human nature.

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    The network of knowledge found closest in time and space to the choices at hand tends to be far more useful than data processed by distant government agents detached from local circumstances.

  • frankr

    Graham needs to Go!

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