Lindsey Graham Makes Big Ad Buy
3:24 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign of Lindsey Graham, the two-term Republican senator from South Carolina facing several primary challengers this year, is making significant radio and TV ad buys this week in markets around the Palmetto State. The purchase price of the ads is reportedly $220,000.
"The ads will start running on radio and TV Wednesday and air through Feb. 24," reports Politico. "They can be seen and heard in the Charleston, Columbia, Greenville-Spartanburg, Florence, Augusta, Savannah and Charlotte media markets."
The Graham campaign released a 60-second radio ad that touts the Republican's opposition to Obamacare and efforts to investigate the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack. "On Obamacare, Lindsey Graham voted 'no,' and is fighting to repeal it," says one voiceover. The ad also notes Graham's fight against the National Labor Relations Board's suit against Boeing, which relocated a plant to South Carolina.
"A true conservative, Senator Graham was ranked one of the Senate's top five spending cutters," says another voiceover. "Lindsey Graham: the conservative who gets things done." Listen to the ad:
Graham has five primary challengers, all of whom argue the state deserves more conservative representation in the Senate. His support for comprehensive immigration reform and votes for President Obama's judicial appointments top the list of conservative complaints against Graham.
Last week, the Graham campaign released an internal poll showing the senator with 53 percent support in the primary, which will be held on June 10. If Graham can hold those numbers, he would clear the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. But state senator Lee Bright, considered Graham's closest challenger, responded by releasing his own poll showing Graham getting just 46 percent. Moreover, the Bright poll found only 38 percent said Graham deserved to be reelected. Bright polled ahead of the other challengers, getting 17 percent support.
Graham disputed the claim that he's not conservative enough in a recent WEEKLY STANDARD story:
Update: Graham's campaign has also released a 30-second TV ad. Watch it below:
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