United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2014

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United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2014

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Nominee Lindsey Graham Brad Hutto
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 672,942 480,933
Percentage 55.3% 38.8%

South Carolina Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results

Graham:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Hutto:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

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. He defeated both of them by a 10-point margin.

Republican primary[edit]

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 Tea Party movement,[3] and Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth, indicated that his organization would support a primary challenge if an acceptable standard-bearer emerged.[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[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Dave Feliciano, police officer[13]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Lindsey Graham
Newspapers
Det Bowers

Individuals

Organizations
  • Sumter TEAvangical Patriots[28]
Lee Bright

Individuals

Organizations

Bill Connor
Nancy Mace
Declined to endorse

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lindsey Graham 178,833 56.42%
Republican Lee Bright 48,904 15.53%
Republican Richard Cash 26,325 8.30%
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%
Total votes 316,989 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Brad Hutto
Individuals
Organizations
Newspapers

Polling[edit]

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[edit]

Democratic primary results[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Hutto 87,552 76.65%
Democratic Jay Stamper 26,678 23.35%
Total votes 114,230 100.00%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Independent[edit]

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.[48] Such a "contingency" plan was rendered moot by the entry of Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto into the race.[48]

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.[56] In April 2014, with Graham polling strongly in the primary, Ravenel announced he would run.[57] He officially announced his candidacy on July 4.[58]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Graham initially declined to debate his opponents. A spokesman said that his campaign was "in discussions with other groups, as well as looking at the schedule." Hutto 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."[59] Graham claimed he refused to debate because of the presence of third-party candidate Thomas Ravenel, a convicted felon. He ultimately agreed to debate Hutto alone on October 27.[60]

Fundraising[edit]

The following are Federal Election Commission disclosures for the pre-primary reporting period.

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Lindsey Graham (R) $7,014,854 $9,063,768 $0 $276,312
Brad Hutto (D) $399,770 $342,366 $132,401 $75,000

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[61] Solid R November 3, 2014
Sabato's Crystal Ball[62] Safe R November 3, 2014
Rothenberg Political Report[63] Safe R November 3, 2014
Real Clear Politics[64] Safe R November 3, 2014

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lindsey
Graham (R)
Brad
Hutto (D)
Thomas
Ravenel (I)
Other Undecided
Rasmussen Reports July 9–10, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 30% 10% 11%
Voter Survey Service July 7–13, 2014 1,000 ± 4% 46% 33% 9% 12%
Voter Survey Service July 16–20, 2014 650 ± 4% 45% 33% 10% 4%[65] 8%
46% 33% 9%[65] 12%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,183 ± 5.4% 48% 36% 7% 10%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 833 ± 5% 42% 29% 8% 2% 19%
Winthrop University September 21–28, 2014 1,082 ± 3% 46.3% 28% 8% 3.5%[66] 14.3%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 2,663 ± 2% 44% 27% 8% 1% 20%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,566 ± 4% 43% 28% 8% 2% 19%

Results[edit]

United States Senate Election in South Carolina, 2014[67]
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%
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[edit]

References[edit]

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  65. ^ a b Victor Kocher (L)
  66. ^ Victor Kocher (L) 2.6%, Other 0.9%
  67. ^ "SC - Election Results". www.enr-scvotes.org.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites