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

(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.

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Jun 11, 2014 11:59 AM CDT
There's something horrendously wrong with the way we elect federal legislators.
Jun 11, 2014 11:07 AM CDT
It's a lot easier to beat 6 baggers than one.
Jun 11, 2014 10:19 AM CDT
That's the Teabaggers biggest fault. They never learned to play well with others, something most people learned in kindergarten. Graham probably would have fallen to one Bagger opponent, but not six.