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Lindsey Graham: Leading, But Exceedingly Vulnerable

LIBERAL INCUMBENT’S APPROVAL RATING IDENTICAL TO BARACK OBAMA’S IN PALMETTO STATE Two-term “Republican” incumbent Lindsey Graham enjoys a big lead over three rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina – but the liberal Washington insider is “underwater” among voters in the Palmetto State, and likely to…

LIBERAL INCUMBENT’S APPROVAL RATING IDENTICAL TO BARACK OBAMA’S IN PALMETTO STATE

Two-term “Republican” incumbent Lindsey Graham enjoys a big lead over three rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina – but the liberal Washington insider is “underwater” among voters in the Palmetto State, and likely to see significant erosion in his support as his opposition exploits his many vulnerabilities.

According to a new poll released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier  and a trio of South Carolina television stations, only thirty-nine percent of likely voters approve of Graham’s performance in office – compared to 44 percent who disapprove. Those are terrible numbers for any politician – but they’re downright abysmal considering Graham just spent $5 million on a barrage of positive media during his virtually uncontested campaign for the GOP nomination.

Graham won that race with 56 percent of the vote, but turnout was abysmal – and none of Graham’s opponents were able to raise enough money to drive a narrative against him.

Democrats were quick to note Graham’s vulnerability.

“Graham’s 39 percent approval is the same in South Carolina as President Obama’s according to the poll,” said Lachlan McIntosh, a Democratic operative who is advising the campaign of S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg). “A key thing to remember is that Barack Obama got about 45 percent of the vote in South Carolina twice. If Hutto only matches that, he can win according this poll.”

Hutto entered the U.S. Senate race when former statewide official Thomas Ravenel – star of the reality TV show Southern Charm  – started making noise about jumping into the race.

Ravenel is currently polling at ten percent – but the Lowcountry businessman has yet to start spending money on the race.

“Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said. “I’m at ten percent and haven’t spent a dime getting my message out. By contrast Lindsey Graham has spent $5 million getting his message out in the last few months and his approval rating is only 39 percent. Meanwhile 44 percent disapprove of his performance – a number that’s only going to climb as people start realizing that he’s serving Washington’s interests, not their interests.”

Ravenel added he was willing to spend “whatever it takes” to highlight the contrast between his free market policies and Graham’s left-leaning record.

Ravenel’s entry into the race has prompted discord among the Graham campaign – with some of the Senator’s advisors urging an aggressive response and others advising Graham to ignore Ravenel.

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54 comments

GrandTango July 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

Hey FITS: This news report – is reporting Ravenel news – and gives you a Shout Out:

Good read: http://scdigest.blogspot.com/2014/07/thomas-ravenel-says-he-already-has-10.html

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Nölff July 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

A website that has “.blogspot” in the url doesn’t really count as a news report.

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GrandTango July 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

So if I take that out, will you recognize it as news?

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Smirks July 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

“If I take the cockroach out of your salad, will you still eat it?”

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guest July 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

“If Obama takes his dick out of your ass , will you still eat it?”

GrandTango July 25, 2014 at 11:08 am

LMAO…..and YES guest, he will…even more heartily. Hahahaha…

The Colonel July 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

Talking to yourself isn’t really a problem but when you start answering back – well, you probably need to get help…

GrandTango July 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, that’s what it is: talking to myself. God forbid anyone else would see you for what you are. You simply cannot handle that truth, can you?

CNSYD July 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

Finally Sic Willie gets it right. “Thomas Ravenel – star of the reality TV show Southern Charm – started making noise”. NOISE as in a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

But thanks for telling us T-Rav is a “star” of “Southern Charm”. Never heard that from you before. Next you will be telling us that Nancy Mace (remember her) was the first female graduate of The Citadel.

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wtg4@atlanticbb.net July 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

cnSTD u forgot Fits will also throw in that $omehow T-Rav got buy at the CI-TA-DEL?

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Smirks July 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

Graham won that race with 56 percent of the vote, but turnout was abysmal – and none of Graham’s opponents were able to raise enough money to drive a narrative against him.

In before this exact line is used to describe the November election.

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LBM July 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

45% might not win it in November for Lindsey. It just math here. Hutto runs a few weeks of TV and he’s at Obama levels and he just might win.

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The Colonel July 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

This will wind up being the lowest margin of victory in an SC goobernotorial race with the deciding factor being the senatorial races. If Graham’s base turns out in droves, Haley wins, if not, the empty suit becomes goobernor. Either way Lindsey heads back to D.C., T-Rav slinks back to whatever bar he hangs out in and French and Ervin disappear into anonymous oblivion

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idiotwind July 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

i would bet my house, my car, my children and any future children i may have, even my hitachi miter (love that saw) that in january 2015, lindsey graham will still be the senator from SC. we simply do not possess the imagination to change our minds about this or anything else.

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RogueElephant July 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Sorry to say you are probably right. Worst case is Hutto, but with all the work that we put into the primary I hate to see Graham pull it out. I would like to see T Rav throw enough money into this race to get the win but the odds are against him.

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Irish butt boy July 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

So Ms. Lindsey is showing her vulnerable side? How sweet.

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The Colonel July 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

Will, the sixth paragraph needed a little editing:

“…when former disgraced statewide official and convicted drug dealer and FEC regulation violator Thomas Ravenel – star of the idiotic “alleged “reality TV show Southern Charm and baby daddy – started making noise about jumping into the race. Ravenel, you will remember is also a convicted drunken driver but when he’s sober, he’s a hell of a guy and I love him from afar or up close, whichever…”

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RogueElephant July 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I’ll take all of the above over a liar and a turn coat. Which again proves how much I like Grahamnasty.

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Toyota Kawaski July 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Sir/Ms
As a Dr. of Science just letting ya know that if you dont get help at Charter please get help somewhere!

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RogueElephant July 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Thanks. I get all the help I need in church on Sunday morning. Try it you might like it.

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hmmm.... July 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

When u say turn coat are you referring to the guy who publicly alleged he renounced his US Citizenship or the guy who said the 2nd DUI didn’t happen and then went and plead guilty to it?

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RogueElephant July 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I’m referring to the senator (R) who has constantly voting one way and talking another way. The other guy is making personal choices. None of my business or yours.

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Mike at the Beach July 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm

“Personal choices?!” No offense, sir, but how can you, with a straight face, use the pejorative “turncoat” to describe the ONLY guy in this race who has NOT RENOUNCED HIS US CITIZENSHIP?! The ONLY guy in this race to serve in any capacity in any branch of our armed forces?! I respect anyone’s right to be an LG hater / Grahamaphobe, but that kind of logic is enough to blow the mind. TR is about as far from being any kind of “patriot” as anyone I’ve ever seen run for any office in SC. He is petulant, spoiled, punk who wants to live his life as he sees fit (including driving drunk on public roads, playing fast and loose with FEC regs, and handing out pretty decent quantities of coke to his similarly situated buddies). If we don’t like his choices, the hell with us.

RogueElephant July 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

What Graham dose affects US all. What T Rav has done doesn’t affect nearly as many people. Both here and around the world. Very different levels of f—ed up. BTW ” Grahamaphobia” – a condition developed after being lied to for an extended period of time by a sorry politician. I like the term, now defined. I will never say T Rav is a great American patriot but time and time again Graham has treated the people of SC and the USA like he knows everything we are to shut up , get out of the way and let him run things. He is the original ” if we don’t like his choices, the hell with us.” Not if my vote can stop him.

Mike at the Beach July 27, 2014 at 10:45 am

I hear you on your Graham rant, but that wasn’t the point I made. You’re going to have to come up with some new shtick, because “turncoat” is a MUCH more accurate description of your chosen candidate- a proven liar, lawbreaker, convicted felon, father of an illegitimate child and one who has publicly, vehemently, and quite happily renounced his American citizenship to the world. Although I plan to vote for LG, I’m not emotionally vested in the race. I don’t agree with him every issue, but he’s (by far) the closest of the three in the race. Serious people who oppose Graham will vote for Hutto, who’s no raving liberal himself. A tiny sliver of Tea Partiers and other Grahamophobes will vote for TR, who (despite FITS near-constant raving) is nowhere near a serious threat to anyone in SC. He won’t break 10%, and if the campaign turns negative (it may or may not, depending upon the polling), the beating TR will take will push him back to genuine chump range, down around 2-3%. I kinda hope that he does creep up above 10-12% in a September poll. Those commercials will be a hoot.

Clarendonian July 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

“Graham won that race with 56 percent of the vote, but turnout was abysmal”

Yes, and those who did vote were those motivated to vote against Graham, not the mainline GOP’ers who didn’t find the time or the motivation to participate in the primary.

Any incumbent who wins a six person primary without a run-off is not in serious jeopardy of losing.a general.

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Mike at the Beach July 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

You will get nowhere using logic in this discussion. I know, I’ve tried for months…

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Grrr_Native July 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

The more money one spends, the more votes they get? That’s a sad thing to say about our citizens and politicians. The Founders would be appalled.
I haven’t spoken to one person that will vote for t-rav, no matter how much he spends…

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Bible Thumper July 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

“Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said. 
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When John Paul Jones said it, it was hyperbole intended to rally and encourage his sailors to greater efforts. They had in fact been fighting for several hours.

When T-Rav says it, it’s true. He hasn’t begun to fight and there is little prospect that he will.

The only similarity between T-Rav and JPJ is that each of them were on sinking ships when they made their claims.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/i_have_not_yet_begun_to_fight.html

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The Colonel July 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I teach the battle of the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis, I’ve often thought that after Jones uttered his famous line “I have not yet begun to fight” that Jones’crew must have thought to themselves “…well it’s high time you got started asshole…”

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Graham Will Be Removed July 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

The Masses Across The Entire USA Want Graham’s Throat Ripped Out …… They hate him … they want him shot … they want him flogged …. they want him stripped of everything he owns ….. Its plastered everywhere …. Because of steady nation wide anti illegal alien pressure by voters in the USA, Graham and his two faced lying sacks of shit cronies are vowing not to try anything sneaky with their pro amnesty bullshit . “Last year, we helped lead the effort to pass immigration reform legislation that received 68 votes in the United States Senate,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a joint statement.

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Graham Will Be Removed July 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Graham and these guys are like watching professional wrestling. They each have their role to play, challenge each other at the microphone, have a staged fight, then at the end of the match, they all go have a drink together and count the money that they took from all the rubes that showed up.

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euwe max July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

..yet we pay to watch the same wrestlers over and over.

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Graham Will Be Removed July 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

These sleazy men are bought and paid for hoes of the Chamber of Commerce. NO IMMIGRATION CHANGES WITH THE CURRENT CONGRESS. THEY ARE LIARS, LIARS, LIARS. They caused this run on the border with their original push for amnesty.

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Graham Will Be Removed July 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I wonder if someone has drawn the lifeless head of Eric Cantor, atop a pike, and is distributing that amongst Graham’s staffers? Pro Amnesty Punk Ass Graham is finished. And you fools just continue to live in your delusional world of make believe. You do not even know the video that has yet to surface of Graham hanging out with gay prostitutes.

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CNSYD July 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

Is it also the video that shows Sic Willie screwing Haley? If so, it will never be seen.

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Mike at the Beach July 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Relax. It’s in the book.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

“Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said.

John Paul Jones : America’s Greatest Naval Hero

Thomas Ravenel : America’s Greatest Nasal Hero.

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now wait July 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

But can we still say that if Ravenel is no longer a citizen?

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Mike at the Beach July 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

No worries, mate! That’s just another claim he lied about! Homeboy is still a citizen. That’s what’s so great about TR’s favorite third-person reference to himself- “When I make a mistake I acknowledge it – that’s how Thomas Ravenel rolls…” He screws up, lies like a rug about it, either admits it or just pretends it never happened, and finally, continues to chant about his highly-developed sense of personal responsibility.

Evidently, he couldn’t find a country where one can make millions of dollars on his family name and connections, snort coke, hand it out freely to friends, and own a bunch of weapons with a felony conviction. Who knew?

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MashPotato July 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Lindsay Graham’s Butt Exceedingly Vulnerable

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Independent Voter July 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Even when he is bent over, pressed up against McCain’s.

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Ha Ha July 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I still think Graham pulls it out,but Hutto is going to poll between 40-45%.Heck that nutty guy Conley who even the State Democratic Party and Jim Clyburn OPENLY opposed got 40% in 2008.

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nitrat July 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Lindsey’s still in his nasty, hateful mode, designed to appeal to the hate-filled TEA Party types and the idiots on Fox ‘News’.
Lindsey will probably win, but he has alienated a lot of people who have held their noses to vote for him before. He has gone way beyond obnoxious and uncivil.

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Graham Go Fuck Yourself July 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

SCATHING BILLBOARD Slams Lindsey Graham For Being Pro-Amnesty …
Lindsey Graham is anti-Southern & pro-amnesty. … bringing in Third World immigrants and displacing the Southern people in their own land.

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Most of Nation Hates Graham July 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Plastered from one corner of the USA to another — the internet has exploded – tens of millions clearly hate Lindsey Graham and his pro amnesty agenda.

BORDER BREAKDOWN:

Idaho Governor Tells Feds Not To Dump Illegals In His State…

TOO LATE!

200 illegal children dumped in Indiana…

Feds use vans instead of buses to transport illegals; Avoid attention…

Residents get robocalls about plans to shelter children…

IMPORT: Feds consider letting Hondurans into USA without making trek…

Sessions, Cruz sound alarm…

Video…

TX official sees ‘tsunami’…

FL schools brace for flood…

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Graham Is Insane July 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Schumer & Graham Push Amnesty for Illegals, Say In So Many Words That Americans Need To Welcome The Tsunami Flowing Across The Border. That Illegals Will Satisfy The Needs Of Openings In The US Job Market And Unfilled Jobs In South Carolina.

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Lowcountry July 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Didn’t he spend more like $10 million and change?

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From Around The Nation July 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Obama Readying ‘Very Significant’ Executive Action On Immigration…
Unilateral grant of ‘work authorization’…
Gutierrez: Amnesty for 5 million…

Graham: Expected to lose election to challenger
Sessions: Will ‘end immigration enforcement’…
Plea to America: Melt Congressional Phones, Kill Executive Amnesty…

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From Around The Nation July 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

The notion of impeaching President Barack Obama got substantial attention Friday from two White House officials, who both said senior Republicans wanted to see it happen. But Graham said Obama is a good guy and trying to impeach him is wrong.

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From Around The Nation July 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm

While Graham supports amnesty and open borders, invites to just waltz right on over to the USA and join us, smirking jihadi poses with ‘bucket full of heads’in Irag, vowing that America will fall.

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Deo Vindice SC July 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm

None of this is news. It’s SC at the norm. You are going to vote R no matter what. Which R makes no difference in the State of SC. Give it a break, please.

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Mike at the Beach July 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Nonsense, as usual. Here’s one of the more telling lines in the piece:

“…none of Graham’s opponents were able to raise enough money to drive a narrative against him.”

There’s a reason for that. Reasons, actually. First, he’s polling terribly for many of the same reasons that all incumbents, not because he is singularly vulnerable. Further, none of those clown candidates could raise the money because they were, well, clown candidates. That tells us that the real-deal first-tier candidates (who got that way by being pretty savvy about SC politics) knew better than to jump in this year. In the races (all over the US) wherein incumbents were genuinely vulnerable over the past year or so, the Tea Party of somebody put up a real candidate and raised some real jack. That’s what “exceedingly vulnerable” looks like. Wishing it were so does not make it so.

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shifty henry July 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Why, in this photo, does Graham look exactly like ‘Animal’ in the film “Stalag 17″…??

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