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Lindsey Graham raises $873,000, has $6.9 million to spend

04/15/2014 3:22 PM

04/15/2014 3:40 PM

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham raised $873,178 from January through March in his bid for re-election and has nearly $6.9 million to spend.

Graham's fundraising has slowed down since the previous quarter, when he raised more than $1.3 million from October through December and finished 2013 with $7.6 million to spend.

Graham has raised more than $11.6 million in the six-year election cycle, according to the campaign.

“We’re incredibly humbled by the thousands of South Carolinians who have supported Team Graham with their time and money,” said campaign manager Scott Farmer. “Senator Graham is traveling to every corner of the state meeting with voters, listening to their concerns about the tough issues facing our nation, and spreading his message of Ronald Reagan conservatism.”

Of Graham's six Republican challengers in June's primary, Columbia pastor Det Bowers was first to announce how much money he's raised since entering the race.

Bowers raised more than $417,000 in February through March, his first two months in the race, his campaign said last week.

Other Republicans running against Graham are state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn, Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace. Two Democrats, state Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg and Jay Stamper of Irmo, also are running, as is Libertarian Victor Kocher.

Graham's campaign spent almost $1.7 million from January through March, during which he rolled out four statewide television and radio ads and opened six regional campaign offices.

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