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Democrats in South Carolina love Lindsey Graham. Love him …

And why not? Ideologically he’s one of them … well, except for that whole war-mongering thing. But when it comes to big government – Graham can’t resist, and so he doesn’t discriminate between “Republican” and “Democratic” waste.

Anyway … in light of his left-leaning record, we’re surprised to learn that Graham is facing Democratic opposition in 2014 in the form of Jay Stamper, a businessman and non-profit director who hails from Columbia, S.C.

“Too many South Carolinians are unemployed or underemployed and struggling to keep up with the rising costs of healthcare and education,” Stamper said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “I’m running because someone needs to stand up to the politicians in Washington D.C. who would rather invest in nation-building overseas than nation-building right here in the United States. Our strength as a country depends on the strength of our economy and that means investing in education, infrastructure and research to create jobs here at home.”

Actually that means investing in our economy (not more government), but other that that we’re “smelling what Stamper’s stepping in.”

Of course Stamper is likely doomed to be a sacrificial donkey in 2014 – whether he’s facing Graham or a fiscal conservative Republican who was somehow able to beat Graham in next summer’s GOP primary.

Who’s running in that contest? So far, only two candidates have announced their intention to challenge Graham – S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and openly gay GOP activist Bruce Carroll.

Mulling a bid? Nancy Mace – a co-owner of this website and the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military college.

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