United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in South Carolina

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Lindsey Graham Republican Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in South Carolina will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Lindsey Graham won the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. Graham will face Democrat Brad Hutto, Libertarian Victor Kocher and former state treasurer of South Carolina Thomas Ravenel, a convicted felon and reality TV star, in the general election. Hutto defeated Jay Stamper in the Democratic primary.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Carolina is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 4, 2014.[5]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Lindsey Graham (R). Graham was first elected in 2002.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Republican primary

Incumbent Lindsey Graham won the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1]

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.

Democratic primary

Brad Hutto defeated Jay Stamper in the Democratic primary.[1]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Hutto 76.9% 53,023
Jay Stamper 23.1% 15,921
Total Votes 68,944
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

According to a Target Point study conducted May 16-22, incumbent Lindsey Graham had a significant lead over his Republican primary opponents. Graham lead with 56%, while businessman Richard Cash came in second with 7%, state Senator Lee Bright followed with 6%, businesswoman Nancy Mace with 5%, pastor Det Bowers with 4% and Bill Connor and Benjamin Dunn each with 1%.[16]

Primary vulnerability

Graham was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators are Republican.[17]

AR-15 raffle

In January 2014, Lee Bright (R) announced via an email to supporters that he would raffle off an AR-15 gun on February 15, 2014. Bright wrote in the email:

"In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., gun-grabbers were sure they had the votes to ram gun control into law. Thanks to the action of Second Amendment supporters all over the country, their scheme failed — even despite my Republican primary opponent, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham."[18]

Bowers' 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."[19] Bowers' full sermon can be found here.

Media

Lindsey Graham


Lindsey Graham - "Fighter."

Lindsey Graham - "Fiscal."

Lindsey Graham - "Defender."

Lindsey Graham - "Opt Out."

Lindsey Graham - "Tough Questions."

Darline ads

Graham released two television ads and two radio ads featuring his younger sister, Darline Graham Nordone on May 20, 2014. Graham Nordone described how her brother Lindsey took care of her while her parents were working and after her parents died when she was only 13 years old. Darline said, “It was hard when we lost my mom and my dad. Lindsey assured me that he was going to take care of me, he was going to be there for me. He never let me down. Never. I don’t see how he did it, to take on the responsibility of raising a little sister. That came from within for Lindsey.”[20]


Lindsey Graham - "Darline 30."

Lindsey Graham - "Darline 60."

Lindsey Graham - "Darline One."

Lindsey Graham - "Darline Two."

Richard Cash


"Richard Cash for Senate Commercial 'Jailed'."

Brad Hutto


"Brad Hutto for U.S. Senate."

Polls

General election

Polls

General election
Poll Lindsey Graham Brad HuttoThomas RavenelVictor KocherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Voter Survey Service
July 16-20, 2014
45%33%10%4%8%+/-3.1650
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Election 2014: South Carolina Senate
Poll Lindsey Graham Brad HuttoOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
July 9-10, 2014
49%30%10%11%+/-4750
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

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)
56%7%6%5%4%1%1%2%1%+/-2.8600
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary
Poll Lindsey Graham Lee BrightNancy MaceBill ConnorRichard CashNot sureRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Winthrop University (February 16-23, 2014)
45.0%8.5%3.7%3.5%2.9%34.9%1.6%+/-3.2901
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Endorsements

Republican primary

South Carolina Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Lindsey Graham Nancy Mace Lee Bright
Republican Liberty Caucus October 16, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) November 6, 2013
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) January 30, 2014
National Association for Gun Rights February 24, 2014
U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 22, 2014

Lindsey Graham

Graham has been endorsed by the following organizations:

  • National Right to Life and S.C. Citizens for Life.[21]

Brad Hutto

The South Carolina Democratic Party endorsed Brad Hutto.[22]

According to The State, South Carolina Democratic Party leaders could not endorse Stamper because of his "felony convictions from 2008 for selling unregistered securities in Nevada."[22]

Stamper responded to losing the endorsement to Hutto with the following comments: "The endorsement is consistent with Jaime Harrison's belief that we need to act like Republicans to be elected as Democrats. On a positive note, at least the state party is apparently no longer supporting Lindsey Graham, a departure from a year ago when it effectively endorsed him in a press release as 'one of the few federal elected officials in South Carolina who actually works to try to get things done to help our state's families and businesses.'"[22]

Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
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Lindsey Graham

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graham's reports.[23]

Lindsey Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$4,412,522.84$1,173,386.93$(203,139.28)$5,382,770.49
July Quarterly[25]July 13, 2013$5,382,770.49$1,406,955.71$(479,739.23)$6,309,986.97
October Quarterly[26]October 14, 2013$6,309,986.97$1,176,424.79$(533,899.82)$69,525,101.94
Year-End[27]January 31, 2014$6,952,511$1,312,688$(625,854)$7,639,346
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$7,639,346.38$873,177.74$(1,657,878.19)$6,854,645.93
Running totals
$5,942,633.17$(3,500,510.52)

Nancy Mace

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mace's reports.

Nancy Mace (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[29]January 7, 2014$0$141,429$(29,108)$112,321
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$112,321$256,332$(127,455)$241,199
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$241,199.52$213,873.51$(231,872.38)$223,300.65
Running totals
$611,634.51$(388,435.38)

Lee Bright

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bright's reports.

Lee Bright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$0$102,620$(28,720)$73,899
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$73,899$52,236$(76,677)$49,458
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$49,458.78$141,168.49$(112,070.71)$78,556.56
Running totals
$296,024.49$(217,467.71)

Richard Cash

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cash's reports.

Richard Cash (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$0$275,171$(30,303)$244,867
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$244,867$15,570$(22,730)$237,706
Year-End[37]January 15, 2014$237,706$76,156$(58,430)$255,432
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$255,432.37$348,520.74$(139,896.33)$464,056.78
Running totals
$715,417.74$(251,359.33)

Jay Stamper

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stamper's reports.

Jay Stamper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$0$14,274$(13,445)$829
July Quarterly[40]July 12, 2013$829$5,233$(4,100)$1,962
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2013$1,962$15,128$(10,511)$6,579
Year-End[42]January 14, 2014$6,579$14,230$(17,459)$3,350
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$3,350.01$10,812.43$(3,905.36)$10,257.08
Running totals
$59,677.43$(49,420.36)

Brad Hutto

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hutto's reports.[44]

Brad Hutto (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 10, 2014$0.00$23,485.00$(10,600.15)$12,884.85
Pre-Primary[46]May 22, 2014$12,884.85$67,336.00$(27,349.27)$52,871.58
Running totals
$90,821$(37,949.42)

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Graham won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bob Conley in the general election.[47]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLindsey Graham Incumbent 57.7% 1,076,534
     Democratic Bob Conley 42.3% 790,621
Total Votes 1,867,155

See also

External links

References

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  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
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