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.”