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Lindsey Graham Cruises To “Republican” Nomination

LIBERAL INCUMBENT BEATS BACK SIX CHALLENGERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA He got his fifty percent … and then some. Liberal incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham cruised to the Republican nomination for a third term in the U.S. Senate – easily dispatching a field of lesser-known rivals in what should have been…

LIBERAL INCUMBENT BEATS BACK SIX CHALLENGERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

He got his fifty percent … and then some.

Liberal incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham cruised to the Republican nomination for a third term in the U.S. Senate – easily dispatching a field of lesser-known rivals in what should have been his toughest-ever political challenge.

With just over half of all precincts reporting on election night, Graham was drawing 60 percent of the GOP primary vote – easily outdistancing his nearest rivals Lee Bright, Richard Cash, Det Bowers and Nancy Mace.

A wide margin between Graham and his nearest competitor was expected – the only question was whether he would clear the fifty percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff election on June 24.

He did … with room to spare.

Graham now moves on to a general election in November against Democratic nominee Brad Hutto – a State Senator from Orangeburg, S.C. – and Libertarian Party nominee Victor Kocher of Columbia, S.C. Oh … he is also likely to face Thomas Ravenel, the former GOP statewide official turned reality television star who is contemplating a Bulworth-style independent campaign.

Ravenel’s prospective candidacy wasn’t even mentioned by the establishment-friendly newspaper The (Columbia, S.C.) State, which quoted Graham as saying he would “beat the Democratic candidate’s brains out” in November.

Ravenel had a message for voters who went to the polls in Tuesday’s low-turnout race – and for those who didn’t.

“To all of those voting in today’s GOP primary who are sick and tired of seeing so-called Republicans like Graham vote to grow government’s debt, raise their taxes, monitor their emails, trap their kids in failing schools and send their sons and daughters off to fight in senseless foreign wars – real help is on the way,” he said. “More importantly to the vast majority of South Carolinians who are so disillusioned with the system they decided against voting in these partisan elections – a real choice is coming.”

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109 comments

Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

This must have been painful for Fits to report….

There’s still hope for this site….T-Rav is waiting in the wings (& probably on a boat).

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Dr. Phil June 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Wonder if T Rav is going to marry the redhead and make his bastard son legitimate for the race.

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New parts June 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Maybe he hooks up w Nancy Mace next?

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junior justice June 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

The “Nancy and Sluggo” show?

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junior justice June 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

oooops! — my mistake. Make that comment the “Nancy and Rollo” show…….

Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

If Sanford can run alongside his mistress, I doubt it matters.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

*pukes*

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choices June 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Run T-Rav, Run!!!!

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Scooter June 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

He does not have the guts to.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

But think how much fun it would be if he did!

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cuvinny June 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

No way he actually does, it was all fluff to promote his reality show

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Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Will Fits be his “fluffer”?

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:10 am

From the cops?

“I refuse to take the breathalyzer, officer.”

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

No surprise at all. I said fifty eight percent. The real surprise of the night is the body slam Tim Scott dealt to Young. I called the Kershaw sheriff’s race, Matthews at sixty five.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

What the heck happened to Cantor?

Karma?

Justice?

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Sounds about right…

Guess we’ll be reconsidering the death of the TEA Party.

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Cakewalking In Primtime June 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

How the hell can you deduce to that statement?! Graham just finished spanking the ass of 6 Tea Partiers with 60% of the vote, Cantor nothwithstanding.

All of them, every last effing one, were taking direct aim at him and his 88% voting record of championing conservative issues. They lost because most voters in SC, including Republican Conservatives, are just a wee bit smarter than the Tea Nuts, apparently including the Colonels.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

You’re example proves my point. Here in SC, everyone says the TEA Party is dead and meanwhile, Cantor gets his ass handed to him by, wait for it, a TEA Partier.

Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Yea, but that was a house race. Much smaller voting block (% wise) of people voting for house members than for the senate.

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

We ALL, also, need to remember that the TEA Party is not even close to being one entity in South Carolina. And as I have noted before, there is not ONE South Carolina.. Maybe five, maybe 12 S.C.s. The Charleston Lowcountry hates the Upstate, the Midlands is paddling so fast to stay afloat that it doesn’t even care about the other parts of the State. The Santee doesn’t even know where Horse Country is. Some people here are so new, they still think we lost the Confederate Revolution….. But you already know these things. I’m just reminding you.

sparklecity June 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

Very astute observation.

It holds true for most states.

There is a world of difference between NE West Virginia near DC & SW West Virginia bordering Kentucky & Virginia where I’m from (coal mine country)

But SC is such a small state………..

I guess that saying about “To Big to be an insane asylum and too small to be a nation” rings more true with each passing day as it applies to SC

Well, y’all do have the best peaches to be found right here in Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties!!!!!

Slartibartfast June 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

As much as I loathe the man, Sherman got that one right.

The Colonel June 11, 2014 at 5:57 am

Excellent point.

Nah June 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Yes, but SC also nominated Newt Gingrich…SC isn’t even a weathervane for the ridiculous.

vicupstate June 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Sorry, the Mississippi Senate race coupled with this HUGE upset in VA, means the Tea Party is not so dead after all.

The establishment said they would win-out, and they have failed miserably to do that, with several primaries left. Pat Roberts and Lamar Alexander might need to starting spouting off about Benghazi, real soon.

Considering how weak his opponents were, and how much he spent, and how many bullshit red meat issues he exploited, Graham didn’t do that well.

If Gowdy, Mulvanney or Duncan had had the stones to run, Graham would have lost. Granted he was smart enough to buy them off, but it doesn’t change the fact he would have lost in that scenario.

Bullfrog June 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm

If a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass when he hops.

The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I don’t know if Graham would have lost to Mulvaney or Gowdy (he would have trounced Duncan). The one sure thing is that the rest of the five dwarfs would have quietly bowed out and thrown their support to the anti-Graham.

Sandi Morals June 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

You are a fucking idiot! Now you are a liar just like Tom Ervin!
Please provide proof that Gowdy,Mulvanney or Duncan were ‘bought’ and he would have lost.
Hell you predicted a Elizabeth Colbert Busch victory.
Mistake you socialists are making is that there is actually a ‘Tea Party’.It does not exist HOWEVER the like-minded people that founded and supported that movement have multiplied 10x.

vicupstate June 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

If you don’t think Graham didn’t do everything he could, whether by carrot or stick, to keep those guys out of the primary, then you are as naive as you are stupid.

It would have been a risk, but certainly not out-sized to the potential payoff.

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Dear Mrs. Cake,
In case, you didn’t know, Graham prostrated himself in front of two of the most important state TEA party leaders two weeks ago. They withdrew last minute plans to support Connor. You will see him say something slightly but critically different on his support for immigration. Are you in the Upstate? They tell me that David Wilkins even cut a spot for Lindsey – that is very, very big there. Tea people generally like the Amb.

Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:08 am

Vote for the devil instead of going blue, then complain about all the RINO “Republicans.” Have fun with that.

At least vote third party or something.

Slartibartfast June 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Nah. That’s a little too Machiavelli for even me.

Sandi Morals June 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Graham is pro-life. His opponent will be pro-abortion.
Haley is pro-life.Democrats Ervin and Sheheen are pro-abortion.
Why can’t you people figure this out? Add the disdain for muslim Obama and his lawlessness and you are looking at landslide victory for Graham and Haley.

Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:03 am

To be fair, Graham won in SC as an incumbent. You have to fuck up pretty hard to lose that.

Cantor lived by the tea bag, died by the tea bag. I hope him and all the other GOPers why try to appease the Tea Party lose their jobs, drag the party further and further right, and drive out moderates in droves.

Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:03 am

To be fair, Graham won in SC as an incumbent. You have to fuck up pretty hard to lose that.

Cantor lived by the tea bag, died by the tea bag. I hope him and all the other GOPers why try to appease the Tea Party lose their jobs, drag the party further and further right, and drive out moderates in droves.

Didyou really think otherwise? June 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Ahhhhhh….Democracy in action. Lap it up everyone, just like a dog laps up puke.

http://mises.org/hoppeintro.asp

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Slartibartfast June 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….”

“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”

“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and
coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down
him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On
its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people
hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”

“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”

“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the
vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted
in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”

“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”

“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.”

– Douglas Adams, So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. (1984) Ch. 36.

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Cakewalking In Primetime June 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Now, we’ll find out if T-Rav has a real set of balls and how much money he really has.

I’m betting he ain’t gonna lay any real chips on the table when all is said and done. Remember, a fool and his money are soon separated.

Lindsey back to the Senate in a SC cakewalk reminiscent of Strom Thurmond’s wins. Lindsey is simply the best retail politician in SC at the present time.

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Mickie June 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

TR has no testicles. If he does, I hope to Graham drain them of his horse semen. Stud vs. fag.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

Remember, a fool and his money are soon separated.

A fool and his money are soon partying.

…on a boat.

…on the Cuppah in the Hahbuh.

….in a pastel shirt.

Fixed it for ya!

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euwe max June 12, 2014 at 3:50 am

Remember, a fool and his money are soon separated.

——–
“soon?”

How much money are we talking about here? Ravenel seems to contradict that paradigm.

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southmauldin June 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I guess this means that Bright will have to pretend to get a job to pretend that he is going to pay his creditors, that Cash is going to have more kids and sell more used cars, that Nancy Mace is going to do whatever the hell she pretends to do while capitalizing on her family name, while Bill Connor is going to continue to chase ambulances (at least he gave up chasing women) while proclaiming himself as a combat veteran, while the others can fade back into the woodwork if they have any sense of humility.

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Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The pulpit will still support Det.

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Edgar June 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Not the smart ones. Ask those who have worked “the religion industry” with him. it’s all about the $$$$$.

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Sandi Morals June 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

What will Tom Ervin do when he is humiliated and exposed as the fraud he is?
He has run for political office as a Democrat and failed.He has run for political office as a Republican and failed.Now he is running as a repub/dem/ind and will fail.
What will be left? Running as a ECB socialist or a Tinabu Marxist/Green Peace candidate?
Try em all Tommy. May you find a soul and a purpose for life.

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RINOs At Work June 11, 2014 at 12:33 am

Boo fuckin’ Hoo! Lol…

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 5:44 am

You are really fucking obsessed with Ervin. Just, like, let it go, man.

Oh, right, then you wouldn’t be doing what you’re paid to do. ;)

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Rocky for Graham June 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

She’s actually Nikki.

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Sandi=GT June 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

I think it’s GT, making an effort to change his typography…but there’s too much in common semantically with Sandi to ignore.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Alright folks, It’s time to line up behind T-Rav.

You may snort but this is serious stuff.

The free base that made this country great needs to suck it up and bump that white pony (T-Rav) past that “Gram” dude. As a country , we are behind the eightball and about to be stepped on.

Let’s not blow this, SC!!

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T Rav has a 10-inch bone June 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

I figure T Rav has what, a ten inch dick? Okay, I’ll support him. He’s going to get that body part cut off by Graham’s billion-dollar PACs, but it’ll be fun to watch the egomaniac tumble.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

I see how you did that, subtly working all those cocaine references…

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Clueless June 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

What cocaine references?

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The Colonel June 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thanks – I just shot a mouthful of Chic-fil-a’s half sweet tea half lemonade out my nose…

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Mike at the Beach June 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I see your Chic-fil-A half-sweet and raise you a mouthful of Cheerios… Worth the cleanup, though!

Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I’m right in line with you.

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Teddi June 11, 2014 at 12:10 am

You betcha !

..and Boehner needs to be next.

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Nancy's Mom June 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Where is Mace? She was in like 5th?

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cuvinny June 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Got that FitsNews boost

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:12 am

The same boost that will get T-Rav a whopping 2.2% of the vote in November, right?

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Remember people; FITS gave us Mace. And told us she’d win.

Thanks a FREAKIN LOT FITS..You are one loser son of a B!*ch….

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Saluda Rapids June 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

Considering you are the King of Losers, it makes perfect sense that Mace polled ahead of your boy Connor. Have a nice night, President Bachmann.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

This just in: Nancy Mace tells Fits, “screw it, I’m back and we’re going all porn all the time”

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Bet Lizenby is sweatin’ bullets tonight. Can’t have but one Ms FITS in da’ house…

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 5:59 am

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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The Colonel June 11, 2014 at 6:01 am

You’re up awful early.

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

Ehh, just wanted to see the final results. Grats on calling Graham’s so close.

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The Colonel June 11, 2014 at 6:01 am

You’re up awful early.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

This just in: Nancy Mace tells Fits, “screw it, I’m back and we’re going all porn all the time”

OH HELLZ YEAH!!!!!!

TBG would like to see more of that skanky blonde that was married to the old dude. Didn’t she wear a Santa Suit, once?

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

This just in: Bill Connor found in corner hugging himself and muttering “…but I’ve got a medal and I’m a war hero…”

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

$6-plus million in a warchest is difficult to overcome. I credit Connor for going after Graham. It pushed Graham to the right. Now we have ammunition to hold his feet to the fire with…

It certainly had Graham BASHING the H#!! out of Obama, begging for a re-elect.

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Norm Scok June 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I remember hearing that same thing last election.

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hearing what Dumb@$$?…That Obama is a lair, a F*#k up, and poison for the country…

I was right…wasn’t I?

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Saluda Rapids June 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Your election was prediction was wrong, as usual, ain’t that right President Santorum?

Slartibartfast June 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

You meant, “Speaker Cantor,” right?

Teddi June 11, 2014 at 12:40 am

Actually its ex-speaker…

GrandTango June 11, 2014 at 7:33 am

Lie much, Dumb@$$???

Jan June 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

In all fairness to GT he had a number of predictions in the last election. First he predicted that Perry would win the Republican Nomination, the he predicted Newt would win the Republican Nomination, then he predicted Santorum would win. After the primaries he predicted Romney would win the Presidency. So I think his prowess as a political prognosticator is well documented.

GrandTango June 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I think you are to the point, that all has fallen apart, so you just lie,

I think you are saying Obama’s economy is a good economy, compared to Bush’s…. That shows how F*#king Stupid you are…or is it a testament to your propensity to lie like H#!!, when reality slaps the $#!* of your Stupid @$$…

Jan June 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

So which of those things did you not predict. I think I kept a copy of all your predictions by the way.

GrandTango June 11, 2014 at 7:33 am

Lie much, Dumb@$$???

Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I’m not sure the war chest was even dented, maybe spent a few doubloons that fell off the top. I saw a few commercials, but it wasn’t exactly all Graham all the time. Maybe if the other contenders’ messages were something other than “hey we need to get rid of Graham” it might have been an ever so slightly more interesting race. Mace’s best hope may have been to flash us.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

The five dwarfs agreed from the start to “play nice”. They all knew they couldn’t win and having Lindsey as an enemy wouldn’t help their elective chances post primary at all.

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GrandTango June 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I got 10 pieces of direct mail from Graham in 3 days. Somebody made some money off of his begging Conservative voters.

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Saluda Rapids June 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You backed another loser, LoserT. Connor did so well, huh. Nice showing. Stick it up your ass about him pushing Graham to the right. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. You sound like the weeping bitches on Fox who are bemoaning Cantor’s loss. This endorsement was almost as good as your President Perry guarantee. Please, please endorse Haley right now.

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 5:56 am

He was the same way with Sanford. “FITS and Sanford are awful, &$@! ($?/& @!?&$&@ liberal-tarians and I can’t wait to see them lose!” “Sanford won? He sure kicked those Democrats @$$#$!”

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You Idiot June 11, 2014 at 12:37 am

LOL, Bitch! Warchest!! whrere’s those goddamn Kochs when ya need ’em?

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 5:53 am

“pushed Graham to the right.”

lol…

Until what, November? Geeez, you and Sandi are special, aren’t you?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 11, 2014 at 6:57 am

In a way, it would be fun to be GT or Sandi…..you get to watch the same movie over and over …and each time the [same] ending comes as a total surprise.

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euwe max June 12, 2014 at 3:51 am

“No.. no… no,…, that’s not how it ends!!!”

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 11, 2014 at 6:53 am

It pushed Graham to the right. Now we have ammunition to hold his feet to the fire with…

Another one of TBG’s keyboards bites the dust does the Dew.

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

In house two, Wilson is beating his opponent by almost three times the number of votes cast in the democratic primary for the seat. Black and Greenleaf were only able to motivate 10,000 or so folks to vote. Smells of a beat down in November

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The Colonel June 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

And in other news: No reports of disenfranchisement as the first “prove who you are” election wraps up…

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Matt June 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

No surprise here, the candidates running against him were extremely sub par.

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Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Wait, you mean spray painted blue tarps littering the state didn’t instill hope and pride in voting for the second place contestant (first loser) in Bright?

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Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

“I warned ye, but did ye listen to me? ‘Oh, no, ‘e’s just a harmless li’l bunny ,isn’t ‘e!'”

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Beartrkkr June 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Props for the MP reference! Maybe Det should have brought out the Holy Hand Grenade!

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Slartibartfast June 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

“1.. 2.. 5!”

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Norma Scok June 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Who the F is voting for this tool bag?

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RHood2 June 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

Geez, why quote TRav’s irrelavent statement. Apparently the GOP base voters in SC are NOT sick of all those things. Those who sat home here deserve what they get if he wins the general. TRav and the libertarian will just muddy the waters, maybe enough for Hutto to emerge in the lead. In a four-person field, it is not majority, but plurality that wins.

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Bible Thumper June 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

In the 1998 movie Bulworth Warren Beatty played a senator who, about to lose an election, arranges – or tries to – his own assassination. Then, knowing he was soon to be dead both politically and physically, Beatty’s character begins to do the last thing you’re supposed to do in politics: speak his mind, often in raps.

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Smirks June 11, 2014 at 5:41 am

Great job, Republicans, you screwed the pooch again. Enjoy another 6 years of this clown.

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idcydm June 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

I was thinking the same thing about Democrats and Clyburn.

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Rocky the Daper One June 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

Now I know why my mother always impressed upon me how itmportant it is to dress well – Lindsey is such a great dresser – look at that photo. He’s way better dressed than Liberals Kerry and Libererman, and Kerry has a personal tailor. You go Lindsey – see you next time at Berlins.

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nitrat June 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

No one dresses as well as little Jimmy DeMinted. That’s why he had to go to work as a lobbyist/bagman for Heritage – to pay for the suits.

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Rocky June 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

He dresses like a smelly old grumpy guy who lives at the end of the cul de sac and yells at the kids while chain smoking on the back patio.

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Thomas June 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

@ slartibartfast “In case, you didn’t know, Graham prostrated himself in front of two of the most important state TEA party leaders two weeks ago. They withdrew last minute plans to support Connor.”

Please expound on your statement. Upstate only? Who in particular? You jesting?

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Thomas June 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I did not hear about Mace’s attack on Bright till today. What happened? What did she say? On what medium? When was it?

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Tomocchio June 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

Has Lindsey ever been married?

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