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ELECTION 2014: Lee Bright hosting 'retirement party' for Lindsey Graham

11/25/2013 11:22 AM

11/25/2013 11:42 AM

State Sen. Lee Bright is hosting a "retirement party" for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham next week.

The party -- a fundraiser for Bright's campaign to unseat Graham -- is scheduled for Dec. 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to an invitation obtained by The State newspaper.

"You are cordially invited to Senator Lindsey Graham's Retirement Party on Tuesday, December 3rd!" reads an email form Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, president of the Tulsa 9.12 Group. "Spend your lunch afternoon with South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright who will be sending Senator Lindsey Graham home for good!"

The cost is $25 -- which includes lunch -- or $200 for a table at the event scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Tulsa Event Center. And yes, the event has a Facebook page.

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Randy Brogdon will emcee the event, with help from Vuillemont-Smith and Darren Gantz, president of the Tulsa County Republican Men's Club, and TC Ryan, state committeeman for the Republican Party of Tulsa County.

Bright is one of four people challenging Graham in next year's Republican primary. He raised $102,000 in the quarter ending Sept. 30. He has $74,000 on hand. Graham, meanwhile, has more than $7 million in his campaign account.

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