South Carolina next big GOP test, and Graham’s got a big lead


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Next up in the primary cycle is South Carolina and Sen. Lindsey Graham is well ahead of a host of challengers in that state’s race for a Republican Senate nomination.

A new Clemson University poll Wednesday found Graham with 49 percent. Trailing are state Sen. Lee Bright, a tea party favorite, with 9 percent, Easley businessman Richard Cash, 3 percent, Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace, 2 percent, and Columbia pastor Det Bowers and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor at 1 percent each.

Graham needs a majority to avoid a runoff, but his position seems solid.

The State newspaper reported that Clemson’s David Woodard noted that the gap between Graham and the others is so large, “We don't think anybody can make that up."

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