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May 27, 2014

Politico: Poll shows Lindsey Graham avoiding runoff

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Politico says a new poll shows U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham avoiding a runoff in June 10's primary.

The poll, conducted by TargetPoint for the right-leaning Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, shows Graham getting 56 percent of the vote. Graham faces six Republican challengers in his bid for a third term. If his challengers can hold him to half the vote, Graham will face his top opponent in a two-week runoff.

The poll's other findings, Politico's Morning Score reports :

Graham's nearest challenger is Easley businessman Richard Cash at 7 percent.

State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, came in third with 6 percent in the poll, followed by Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace at 5 percent, Columbia pastor Det Bowers at 4 percent, and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor and Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn each at 1 percent.

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