The fuse is burning for candidates for political office, as the midnight deadline for 2013's final fundraising quarter nears.
In the race to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Seneca), S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace apparently had the same idea to take an explosive approach in their year-end pleas for cash, asking for helping building a "money bomb" before the end of the year.
Candidates must close their books for 2013's fourth quarter before the New Year rolls in. Reporting deadlines are January 10 for state candidates and January 31 for federal candidates.
Bill Connor, an Orangeburg attorney also challenging Graham, asked supporters to make Graham's retirement their 2014 New Year's resolution.
New Year's Eve is an important fundraising deadline, as state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the likely Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, and Easley businessman Richard Cash, also hoping to end Graham's Senate service, noted in campaign emails.
"At tomorrow’s end," Cash wrote, "our books will close for the year, and we’ll have to make a public report of how much the campaign has raised so far. The media will use those reports to declare which campaigns are viable -- and which are not."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correction of an error in the federal candidates' filing deadline. An earlier version was incorrect.