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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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Race Rating
Pending

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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.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Carolina is one of 13 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.[1][2][3]

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

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

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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.[12]

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."[13]

Media

Lindsey Graham


Lindsey Graham - "Fighter"

Lindsey Graham - "Fiscal"

Lindsey Graham - "Defender"

Lindsey Graham - "Opt Out"

Polls

Republican primary

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

Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
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Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]4/15/2013$4,412,522.84$1,173,386.93$(203,139.28)$5,382,770.49
July Quarterly[15]7/13/2013$5,382,770.49$1,406,955.71$(479,739.23)$6,309,986.97
October Quarterly[16]10/14/2013$6,309,986.97$1,176,424.79$(533,899.82)$69,525,101.94
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$6,952,511$1,312,688$(625,854)$7,639,346
Running totals
$5,069,455.43$(1,842,632.33)

Nancy Mace

Nancy Mace (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[18]January 7, 2014$0$141,429$(29,108)$112,321
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$112,321$256,332$(127,455)$241,199
Running totals
$397,761$(156,563)

Lee Bright

Lee Bright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$0$102,620$(28,720)$73,899
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$73,899$52,236$(76,677)$49,458
Running totals
$154,856$(105,397)

Richard Cash

Richard Cash (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$0$275,171$(30,303)$244,867
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$244,867$15,570$(22,730)$237,706
Year-End[24]January 15, 2014$237,706$76,156$(58,430)$255,432
Running totals
$366,897$(111,463)

Jay Stamper

Jay Stamper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$0$14,274$(13,445)$829
July Quarterly[26]July 12, 2013$829$5,233$(4,100)$1,962
October Quarterly[27]October 14, 2013$1,962$15,128$(10,511)$6,579
Year-End[28]January 14, 2014$6,579$14,230$(17,459)$3,350
Running totals
$48,865$(45,515)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, DeMint won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alvin M. Greene and Tom Clements in the general election.[29]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim DeMint Incumbent 62.5% 810,771
     Democratic Alvin M. Greene 28.1% 364,598
     Green Tom Clements 9.4% 121,472
Total Votes 1,296,841

2008

On November 4, 2008, Graham won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bob Conley in the general election.[30]

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

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "South Carolina Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Daily Caller, "Nancy Mace to announce primary challenge against Lindsey Graham," accessed August 1, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Politico, "Nancy Mace makes Senate run official in South Carolina," accessed August 3, 2013
  7. CNN Politics, "Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham," February 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 SC Votes, "Primary Candidate Filings," accessed March 31, 2014
  9. Jaystamper.com, "Home," accessed May 21, 2013
  10. The State, "Brad Hutto files to run for U.S. Senate," March 28, 2014
  11. SC Votes, "General Election Candidate List," accessed April 1, 2014
  12. National Journal, "Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries," accessed December 31, 2013
  13. Politico, "Lindsey Graham challenger to raffle AR-15," accessed January 24, 2014
  14. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  15. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Lindsey Graham Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Mace October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Mace Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Bright October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Bright Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Cash July Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Cash October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Cash Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jay Stamper April Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jay Stamper July Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Jay Stamper October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Jay Stamper Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"