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S.C. Voters Sound-off: Could a Graham Re-election Be An End to Tea Party?

S.C. Voters Sound-off: Could a Graham Re-election Be An End to Tea Party?

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As voters trickled into the polls on Tuesday, they sounded-off on who they voted for, in what's called 'the' race to watch. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham's seat is up for grabs, as six Tea Party supported candidates challenge him for it. 

"There's so many things he has done wrong," Anne Ubelis says of Graham. 

Ubelis, with the Beaufort Tea Party, hopes Bill Connor can oust Graham. She says Graham isn't conservative enough. 

"He talks a good game going into elections, but once the election is over he goes back to his old ways, so why should we expect anything else than the usual Lindsey Graham?" Ubelis says. 

After such a campaign to oust Graham, would his re-election mean an end to the South Carolina Tea Party?

"No way. Matter of fact over the last few years, I've noticed that other groups have formed without using the Tea Party name, but still following our platform," Ubelis says. 

She says her group will stay alive, but other voters aren't so sure. 

"I really like a lot of what the Tea Party is about, but I think that if we go too far in that direction, we're not going to be able to win," says David Jennings. 

Jennings was on the fence on who to choose Tuesday. He says he would prefer to see a run-off. Other conservatives who don't necessarily agree with Graham, think a Republican win in November is at stake otherwise. 

"He hasn't always voted precisely as I would have, but I'm not up there doing the day to day negotiations with other senators," Carl Hendricks says. "I would like for the people who identify as the Tea Party for example, just to focus on voting on the most conservative candidate who can win."

However, if voter turn out is as low as predicted, a run-off could be likely on June 24.  

"If it does go into a run-off, then you're going to find groups getting strongly behind whoever is opposing Lindsey Graham, but then again you're going to have the Graham camp coming out in full force too, so it's going to make a very interesting race," Ubelis says. 


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