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If we were running S.C. Sen. Lee Bright’s campaign for the United States Senate, we’d be focused on raising money … not spending it.

Bright’s fourth quarter fundraising effort was a joke … although the concerns over his credibility as a candidate are no laughing matter.

Anyway … Bright did his best to put a positive spin on his atrocious fundraising numbers by releasing a poll that showed him “dominating the crowded field of challengers.”

How much did the poll cost? Who knows … but Bright had less than $50,000 on hand at the start of the year, so let’s hope it wasn’t too much.

According to Bright’s poll – ostensibly taken from “a telephone survey of 623 randomly selected likely Republican Primary Election voters” – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham remains the top choice in this year’s U.S. Senate election with 46 percent of the vote. Bright follows with 17 percent, followed by Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace and Upstate businessman Richard Cash (5 percent apiece) and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor (4 percent).

Cum grano salis, people …

Actually cum oceanus salis.