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ELECTION 2014: Lindsey Graham opening field offices this week

02/17/2014 9:49 AM

02/17/2014 10:28 AM

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's re-election campaign is starting to take shape, with field offices opening across the state this week.

Graham will appear at the grand opening of his Clemson campaign office today after the Seneca Republican tours Cromer Food Services in Anderson and speaks to the Walhalla Rotary Club.

Graham will attend the grand opening of his Columbia campaign office Wednesday.

Last week, the senator launched a 30-second television ad and a minute-long radio spot -- his first campaign ads heading into his 2014 re-election bid.

Finishing 2013 with $7.6 million to spend, Graham has five announced challengers in June’s GOP primary: Columbia pastor Det Bowers, state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg; Easley businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor; and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace.

Cash finished 2013 with $255,000, the most money to spend of any of Graham's challengers. Mace finished with $241,000, Connor finished with $224,000, and Bright finished with $49,000.

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