Republican voters casting ballots in the June 10 primary will decide whether U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham or one of his six challengers will win their partys nomination. A look at some of the differing faces of the GOP and the values that drive their politics:
Government is too big
Government is too big, and the runaway deficits have got to be dealt with at some point. Ive got a 2-year-old granddaughter and Im scared to death for her. ... You cant grow your business when you have all these things you have to worry about that have nothing to do with getting a product out the front door.
Kerry Brown, 66, of Lexington, partner with the Brittingham Group accounting firm
Its about helping America
A lot of my family members that arent Republicans, they havent seen the world, and they havent been able to relate to the different situations that are going on in the world. ... That holds a lot of people back because they believe in the old ways and no change. ... I dont think the Republican Party is that way. Theyre for everybody. ... Its not a matter of being Republican, or Democrat or independent. Its about helping America.
Gale Erekson, 55, of Columbia. U.S. Army veteran
The African-American community has ... locked into one way of utilizing its politics
The African-American community has found itself locked into one way of utilizing its politics. ... We have to really reconsider whether or not we need to be in anybodys party at this point and begin to rethink where we fit and where our values are. And wherever those values lie is where we should focus our politics.
Stephen Gilchrist, 42, of Columbia, chairman of the S.C. African American Chamber of Commerce, owner of a distribution business
Were the party of responsibility
The decisions that impact you the most in your life should be ... made by you, whether thats your health care, how you want your business to be run, or where you want your children to be educated. Those are things that I dont think should be mandated by the government. ... I believe in personal freedom and responsibility. ... And because were the party of responsibility, I think were also kind of the party of empowering people.
Grace Kerley, 19, of Anderson, president of the University of South Carolina College Republicans
The whole thing of the Christian community
I believe that we can change lives by helping people versus just giving them a free ride. ... Thats the whole thing of the Christian community we should be helping people get up out of poverty rather than keeping them in poverty by just saying, Dont work. Dont learn. Were just going to feed you.
Ted McGee, 74, of West Columbia, founder of McGee Real Estate, board founder of S.C. Christian Chamber of Commerce, board member of Christ Central Ministries
More of a conservative than a Republican
If you look at the S.C. Republican Party ... were for lower taxes, were for less regulation. ... The traditional role of marriage is another thing that is very important to me as well as the rights of the unborn. ... Those things really resonate to me and make me more of a conservative than a Republican but still obviously fall under that Republican platform that more elected officials need to follow if theyre going to be Republicans.
Kevin Thomas, 40, of Ridgeway, medical salesman and chairman of the Fairfield County GOP