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:
Graham protests that, for all his unorthodoxies, he is in line with the mainstream of South Carolina voters. What about the charge that he’s a Republican in name only, not a true believer? “If you look at my voting record and my approach to fiscal and social conservative issues, I’m, by any reasonable definition, conservative,” he says. “What I’m not is a person that rejects the idea of trying to solve the problem. And for some, it’s not enough to agree with them on the issue. You have to hate the other side. I’m not going to live my life hating. I don’t have to. To some, the only way to prove you’re conservative is just to tear the other people limb from limb. I can throw a punch, but I also can get something done.”
Graham’s lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union is 89 out of 100. He is one of the pro-life movement’s strongest allies in Congress, most recently as the author of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation with certain exceptions. In the Obama era, Graham has voted against all of the major legislative efforts of the Democratic agenda, including the stimulus, the Dodd-Frank financial reform package, and Obamacare. When Graham was in the House of Representatives, he made a name for himself on C-SPAN as an incisive interrogator during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. More than a decade later, Graham has pushed forward the investigation into the Benghazi scandal. In October, he said he would use his privilege as a senator to hold up all of Obama’s nominations until the administration allowed witnesses to the fatal attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in 2012 to testify before Congress.
Lindsey Graham’s recipe for success Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently.
12:04 PM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, the organization formerly known as President Obama's reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, held an Obamacare event in Greenville, South Carolina. The event was called "Obamacare and You!"
3:19 PM, Jun 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim, a WEEKLY STANDARD contributor and former speechwriter for Mark Sanford, reviews a new ebook about the disgraced-governor-turned-congressman from South Carolina:
11:25 PM, May 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:
9:47 AM, May 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot. Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.
The special election is today. Here's a screen shot of the ballot those South Carolina voters will see today, courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission:
5:01 PM, May 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's been a roller coaster of a special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District, and about 24 hours before the polls close, the race for the House seat once held by Senator Tim Scott looks to be a close one.
5:25 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina, has cleared the first hurdle in his comeback campaign. He will be in a runoff to determine the Republican candidate for a vacant House seat. He got some 37 percent of the primary vote. Which would have seemed an utterly improbable back in 2009, when he delivered a tearful apology for deceiving his wife about an affair and voters about his whereabouts.
8:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The race to succeed Tim Scott in South Carolina's First Congressional District begins with a new television ad from GOP candidate Teddy Turner, the son of billionaire CNN founder (and proud liberal) Ted Turner.
9:41 AM, Jan 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford announced his candidacy for the state's First Congressional District Wednesday. Sanford, who served as that district's House member from 1995 to 2001 and later as governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, is vying for the Republican nomination to replace former congressman Tim Scott, who was appointed last month to the U.S. Senate.
4:55 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former congressman and governor of South Carolina, will announce he is running for his old House seat Wednesday. Jim Geraghty at National Review confirms the news in an interview with Sanford:
2:37 PM, Jan 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, will not run for the Charleston-area open congressional seat in the upcoming special election.
12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott.
Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the January 18 filing deadline. The special election to succeed Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley last month, will take place on May 7, with a GOP primary being held on March 19.