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S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) has an interesting fundraising appeal going in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

He’s giving away an AR-15 rifle …

“Sending Lindsey Graham back to the U.S. Senate to work with President Obama would be a recipe for disaster. That’s why I’m counting on the support of pro-gun patriots just like you — and why my campaign is giving away a brand-new AR-15,” Bright says in a fundraising message. “I know the anti-gun media may hate it. I know the political talking heads may sneer as they continue blaming guns and law-abiding gun owners for the acts of thugs and madmen. But I am THE pro-gun, pro-Constitution candidate in this race for the U.S. Senate — and I can’t think of a better way to get that word out than by giving away a brand new AR-15.”

Hmmmmm …

Bright’s campaign suffered a major setback last month when his disastrous personal financial history became public knowledge … yet despite this debilitating, emasculating revelation he somehow seems to have retained the support of what’s left of the “Tea Party” movement in South Carolina.

And we’re sure they will eat up this gun gimmick …

Bright is one of four candidates challenging liberal incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in this June’s GOP primary. Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace, Upstate social conservative Richard Cash and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor are the others.

Will any of them emerge as a credible alternative to Graham?

We’ll know a lot more about that in a week when their fundraising totals are released …