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A pair of videos critical of liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham have been yanked from the internet.

One of the videos was posted by Orangeburg, S.C. attorney Bill Connor – the most recent of four candidates to announce his intention to challenge Graham in next year’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. The other was posted by the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) – a group which has endorsed the candidacy of S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, another one of Graham’s U.S. Senate challengers.

Connor’s video (which we wrote about here) was pulled after receiving around 75,000 views. The RLC spot (which we wrote about here) was pulled after receiving roughly 35,000 views.

Both videos have since been reposted (here and here).

So … what’s the deal?

“Some have speculated that the Lindsey Graham campaign may have recruited so called ‘social media bots,’ computer generated social media profiles which can be used to make mass reports etc via social media, to flag Connor’s video,” Palmetto political blogger Javan Browder speculates.

That … or Graham could have saved himself the trouble and just called his good buddies at the National Security Agency.