Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to get Primary Challenge from The Citadel’s First Woman Graduate
Although well-liked, respected, and considered powerful by many in Washington, Senator Graham has drawn the ire of conservative grassroots activists from around the country and his home state in particular for his perceived “go along to get along” approach and close policy ties to the very liberal Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Conservative and tea party types believe that South Carolina is a state that should be represented by, and is capable of electing, someone far to the right of Graham. They point to the State’s other (junior) Senator – Tim Scott – and his predecessor Jim DeMint (now at the helm of The Heritage Foundation), as well as the state’s very conservative Congressional delegation, as evidence that Sen. Graham does not accurately reflect the political “temperature” of State’s electorate.
Notwithstanding the fact that he is sitting on a very impressive campaign “war chest” of $6.3 million as of June 30th, he easily defeated a primary challenger in 2008, he is likely to get multiple state- and federal level endorsements from colleagues, and U.S. House colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy has stated that “Lindsey Graham is not in trouble”, a succession of votes, statements and positions that conservatives have found to be offensive – including the Senator’s role in the so-called Immigration “Gang of Eight” – certainly raises the ante in the June 2014 primary.
One thing is for sure. In spite of being from a decidedly red state, Senator Lindsey Graham has become a very “squishy” Republican. Time will tell whether or not his stand on the issues will have a bearing on the Primary election next year.
For more information about this primary challenge announcement, please refer to the Daily Caller story at: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/01/nancy-mace-to-announce-primary-challenge-against-lindsey-graham/?print=1