U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.
Already vulnerable among GOP voters due to a host of ideological betrayals (including his support for energy tax hikes, internet tax hikes, amnesty for illegal aliens and domestic spying), Graham’s tortured “opposition” to Obamacare has reportedly caused his perilous position to erode even further.
How much further? FITS was not provided with specific details on the poll – but one source close to Graham’s camp tells us the organization has been “temporarily incapacitated” by the numbers that came back following Graham’s Obamacare votes.
Other Graham sources dispute that contention. They say their internal polling shows his approval rating among Republicans dropping – but that the decline was “within the margin of error.”
Graham will boast another impressive fundraising quarter, this source told us (including big money from a recent trial lawyer event) – but his estimated $7 million war chest may not be enough to save him.
Meanwhile up in Washington, D.C., another poll – taken by a limited government group opposing Graham’s reelection – found similar results.
“Adding Obamacare appeasement to his lengthy list of sins has hurt Lindsey Graham badly,” one source familiar with the limited government group’s polling tells FITS.
Not only that, this group is said to be shopping its data to a pair of fiscally conservative U.S. Congressmen – Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford – in an effort to encourage them to run against Graham.
“They are actively recruiting,” our source said, referring to the overall effort to oust Graham as an “eight-figure operation.”
Have these overtures been successful?
“If Mulvaney doesn’t run against him, Sanford will,” our source said. “But Mulvaney might take another look at it.”
Neither Mulvaney nor Sanford were immediately available for comment. Sources close to both lawmakers were also exceedingly tight-lipped about any U.S. Senate speculation.
For months, fiscally conservative S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) was viewed as the most likely challenger to Graham – however Davis declined to run. In his stead, three candidates have stepped forward – Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and social conservative attorney Richard Cash.
A fourth challenger – former lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bill Connor – is said to be close to jumping into the race.
Of Graham’s declared opponents, Mace is the most electable – although like Bright and Cash she is not widely known. Also none of Graham’s announced opponents are expected to demonstrate much in the way of fundraising prowess – assuming those numbers ever get released given the shuttering of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) during the partial government shutdown.
Obviously FITS will continue to monitor these latest developments in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary – which is scheduled for next June.