SOUTH CAROLINA, February 6, 2014– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R) will not be sitting happy by time the results of the most recent round of polls reach his desk. According to a poll conducted by Wenzel Strategies, Graham is in big trouble.
The poll included 623 “likely Republican primary voters” who were questioned via telephone between Febuary 3-4. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9%
The poll asked voters two questions. First, if the election were held today, who would you vote for?
- Lindsey Graham: 45.9%
- Lee Bright 17.4%
- Nancy Mace: 5.1%
- Richard Cash: 4.9%
- Bill Connor: 4.2%
- Not sure: 22.5%
Second, should Lindsey Graham be reelected or is it time for someone new?
- Deserves reelection: 38%
- Time for someone new: 49%
- Not sure: 13%
South Carolina’s unique runoff election system means that if Graham cannot garner at least 50% of the vote in the primary then he is forced into a runoff with the second highest candidate. So far, that candidate is State Senator Lee Bright (R).
The results of the poll put Graham below 50% even when considering the possible margin of error.
In the case of South Carolina, the more candidates in the primary the better. Again, the goal for Graham’s opponents is to force him into a runoff.
According to this poll, if Graham is forced into this runoff he will most likely lose to Senator Lee Bright. Only 38% of those polled felt that Graham deserved reelection.
Graham has been criticized by many republicans for his extremely liberal voting record.
According to activist and reporter Joshua Cook, multiple county Republican parties within the state have formally, and officially censured Graham, citing that he no long represents the party’s values.