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July 21, 2014

Incumbent SC Sens. Graham, Scott millions ahead of November foes

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are millions ahead of their Democratic and third-party foes heading toward November’s general election – reporting a combined $6.4 million to spend on their campaigns.

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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.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are millions ahead of their Democratic and third-party opponents heading into November’s general election.

Scott finished June with $3.7 million in cash on hand for his campaign and Graham finished with $2.7 million, according to federal campaign finance reports filed last week. Unlike Scott, Graham had significant primary opposition in June, spending $9.8 million to defend himself against six GOP challengers.

State Sen. Brad Hutto, an Orangeburg Democrat challenging Graham, has raised about $252,000 since late March when he entered the race and has $51,000 left to spend – making him the third highest fundraiser.

Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, the Democrat challenging Scott, reported raising almost $66,000 and reported having about $2,900 left to spend.

Graham also faces Columbia Libertarian Victor Kocher and Charleston developer, drug felon and ex-S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who filed a petition this month to run as an independent.

Kocher raised $14,014 including a $10,000 personal loan, he said in an email to The State. He had $11,126 on hand at the end of June.

Ravenel has not reported raising or spending any money. But Ravenel recently said he plans to make a “serious financial commitment” to his bid for the federal office.

The millionaire developer spent nearly $3 million of his own money on his unsuccessful 2004 run for the U.S. Senate and said he also self-financed his successful 2006 run for state treasurer.

Scott also has two third-party challengers.

The American Party’s Jill Bossi, a former Red Cross executive from Tega Cay, has raised about $11,400 and has roughly $3,300 to spend. Mount Pleasant painting contractor Brandon Christina Armstrong, who filed a petition this month to run as an independent, has reported no financial activity.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect fundraising totals for Libertarian Victor Kocher, who later provided them to The State.

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