Det Bowers

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Det Bowers
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, South Carolina
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Det Bowers was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[2]



See also: United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014

Bowers ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent South Carolina. He was defeated by incumbent Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[2]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLindsey Graham 58.4% 109,661
Lee Bright 13.9% 26,162
Richard Cash 8% 14,975
Det Bowers 7.2% 13,577
Nancy Mace 6.3% 11,752
Bill Connor 5.1% 9,611
Benjamin Dunn 1% 1,942
Total Votes 187,680
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Controversial sermon

Bowers argued in one of his sermons delivered at Christ Church of the Carolinas that in many cases of divorce, husbands leave their wives because their wives love their children more than their husbands. In the sermon he stated, “Do you hear me ladies? It is an abominable idolatry to love your children more than you love your husband, and it will ruin your marriage. And yet you blame it on him because he ran off with some other woman! He did run off with some other woman, and you packed his bags. All of his emotional bags, you packed for him. Is that true in every case? No, but it’s true in the vast preponderance of them."[3] Bowers' full sermon can be found here.



Republican primary
Poll Lindsey Graham Richard CashLee BrightNancy MaceDet BowersBill ConnorBenjamin DunnOther/Someone elseWon't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
Target Point (May 16-22, 2014)
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Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bowers' reports.[4]

Det Bowers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]April 10, 2014$0.00$421,417.00$(44,808.21)$376,608.79
Running totals

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