Sen. Graham Fends Off 6 Tea Party Challengers

South Carolina senator cruises to win

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 11, 2014 3:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Only one big scalp for Tea Partiers from yesterday's votes: Sen. Lindsay Graham comfortably won his South Carolina primary yesterday, defeating six rival Republicans who complained he wasn't conservative enough, the AP reports. Graham—who had a $12 million war chest while his rivals had less than $1 million apiece—took around 57% of the vote, more than enough to avoid a run-off. Graham is heavily favored to defeat Democratic nominee Brad Hutto this fall, reports the Washington Post, which notes that the Tea Party's best chance of winning a Senate primary will be in Mississippi later this month, where a run-off will be held in the state's scandal-plagued GOP primary.

US Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to supporters after winning the South Carolina Republican primary.
US Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to supporters after winning the South Carolina Republican primary.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
US Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to supporters after winning the South Carolina Republican primary.
US Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to supporters after winning the South Carolina Republican primary.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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