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United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2014

United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Lindsey Graham Brad Hutto
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 672,941 456,726
Percentage 55.3% 37.6%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Lindsey Graham
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Lindsey Graham
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in South Carolina took place on November 4, 2014, concurrently with a special election for South Carolina's other Senate seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham won re-election. He faced Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto and Independent Thomas Ravenel in the general election.

Republican primary

Of all the Republican Senators up for re-election in the 2014 cycle, Graham was considered one of the most vulnerable to a primary challenge, largely due to his low approval ratings and reputation for working with and compromising with Democrats.[1][2] He expected a primary challenge from conservative activists, including the [4]

However, a serious challenger to Graham failed to emerge and he was widely viewed as likely to win,[1] which has been ascribed to his "deft maneuvering" and "aggressive" response to the challenge. He befriended potential opponents from the state's congressional delegation and helped them with fundraising and securing their preferred committee assignments; he assembled a "daunting multimillion-dollar political operation" dubbed the "Graham machine" that built six regional offices across the state and enlisted the support of thousands of paid staffers and volunteers, including over 5,000 precinct captains; he assembled a "staggering" campaign warchest and "blanketed" the state with positive ads; he focused on constituent services and local issues; and he refused to "pander" to the Tea Party supporters, instead confronting them head-on, arguing that the Republican party needs to be more inclusive.[5][6][7]

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

  • Dave Feliciano, police officer[13]

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lindsey
Graham
Det
Bowers
Lee
Bright
Richard
Cash
Bill
Connor
Benjamin
Dunn
Nancy
Mace
Undecided
Clemson University May 22–29, 2014 400 ± 6% 49% 1% 9% 3% 1% 0% 2% 35%
TargetPoint March 16–22, 2014 600 ± 2.8% 56% 4% 6% 7% 1% 1% 5% 20%
Gravis Marketing March 6–7, 2014 735 ± 4% 60% 10% 4% 2% 7% 17%
Winthrop University February 16–23, 2014 901 ± 3.2% 45% 8.5% 2.9% 3.5% 3.7% 36.5%
Wenzel Strategies* February 3–4, 2014 623 ± 3.9% 45.9% 17.4% 4.9% 4.2% 5.1% 22.5%
North Star^ January 20–26, 2014 600 ± 4% 53% 11% 3% 3% 8% 23%
Gravis Marketing November 30–December 2, 2013 601 ± 4% 54% 10% 5% 2% 6% 23%
Harper Polling October 27–28, 2013 379 ± 5.03% 51% 15% 4% 4% 4% 22%
Landmark/Rosetta Stone August 25, 2013 500 ± 4.5% 42.4% 12.6% 6.7% 10% 28.3%
  • ^ Internal poll for Lindsey Graham campaign
  • * Internal poll for Lee Bright campaign

Results

Republican primary results[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lindsey Graham 178,833 56.42%
Republican Lee Bright 48,904 15.53%
Republican Richard Cash 26,325 8.3%
Republican Det Bowers 23,172 7.31%
Republican Nancy Mace 19,634 6.19%
Republican Bill Connor 16,912 5.34%
Republican Benjamin Dunn 3,209 1.01%
Totals 316,989 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Brad
Hutto
Jay
Stamper
Undecided
Clemson University May 26–June 2, 2014 400 ± 6% 8% 3% 89%

Results

Democratic primary results[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Hutto 87,552 76.65%
Democratic Jay Stamper 26,678 23.35%
Totals 114,230 100%

Libertarian primary

Candidates

Declared

Independent

In March 2014, with only controversial businessman and prankster Jay Stamper running for the Democrats, Dick Harpootlian, former Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, had stated that business leaders were working on an effort to recruit a potential Independent candidate to run in case Graham was defeated in the primary.[50] Such a "contingency" plan was rendered moot by the entry of Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto into the race.[50]

Former Republican State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel had confirmed that was considering running for the Senate as an Independent and was likely to do so if Lindsey Graham won the Republican primary.[58] In April 2014, with Graham polling strongly in the primary, Ravenel announced he would run.[59] He officially announced his candidacy on July 4.[60]

Candidates

Declared

General election

Debates

Graham has refused to debate his opponents. A spokesman has said that his campaign is "in discussions with other groups, as well as looking at the schedule." Hutto has said that Graham is "terrified at the thought of defending his own record in a public debate" and Ravenel said Graham's decision was "highly arrogant and disrespectful."[61]

Fundraising

The following are Federal Election Commission disclosures for the pre-primary reporting period.
Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Graham, LindseyLindsey Graham (R) $7,014,854 $9,063,768 $0 $276,312
Hutto, BradBrad Hutto (D) $399,770 $342,366 $132,401 $75,000

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lindsey
Graham (R)
Brad
Hutto (D)
Thomas
Ravenel (I)
Other Undecided
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,566 ± 4% 43% 28% 8% 2% 19%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,663 ± 2% 44% 27% 8% 1% 20%
Winthrop University September 21–28, 2014 1,082 ± 3% 46.3% 28% 8% 3.5%[62] 14.3%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 833 ± 5% 42% 29% 8% 2% 19%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,183 ± 5.4% 48% 36% 7% 10%
Voter Survey Service July 16–20, 2014 650 ± 4% 45% 33% 10% 4%[63] 8%
46% 33% 9%[63] 12%
Voter Survey Service July 7–13, 2014 1,000 ± 4% 46% 33% 9% 12%
Rasmussen Reports July 9–10, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 30% 10% 11%

Results

United States Senate Election in South Carolina, 2014[64]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindsey Graham 672,941 54.27% -3.25%
Democratic Brad Hutto 456,726 36.83% -5.42%
Working Families Brad Hutto 24,207 1.95% +1.95%
Total Hutto 480,933 38.78%
Independent Thomas Ravenel 47,588 3.84% +3.84%
Libertarian Victor Kocher 33,839 2.73% +2.73%
Write-ins 4,774 0.38% +0.15%
Majority 192,008 15.49% +0.22%
Turnout 1,240,075 43.04% -30.24%
Republican hold Swing

See also

References

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  62. ^ Victor Kocher (L) 2.6%, Other 0.9%
  63. ^ a b Victor Kocher (L)
  64. ^ http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/53424/149231/en/summary.html#

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Det Bowers for U.S. Senate
  • Lee Bright for U.S. Senate
  • Richard Cash for U.S. Senate
  • Bill Connor for U.S. Senate
  • Benjamin Dunn for U.S. Senate
  • Lindsey Graham for U.S. Senate
  • Brad Hutto for U.S. Senate
  • Victor Kocher for U.S. Senate
  • Nancy Mace for U.S. Senate
  • Jay Stamper for U.S. Senate
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