State Sen. Lee Bright's campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spent more from October through December than it raised, leaving the state senator with $49,459 to spend to close out the year.
The Republican from Spartanburg raised $52,237 in the quarter, but spent $76,678 in the race where he and three other Republicans have been battling to cull grassroots, Tea Party support they say will be critical in forcing Graham into a runoff. The conventional wisdom is that one challenger might have a better chance of beating the two-term senator in a two-week sprint between the primary and runoff.
Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace led the group in fundraising, reporting $256,333 in contributions. Her campaign said none of contributions came from the candidate's own pockets. Mace had $241,200 to spend at the end of 2013.
Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor announced late Friday, the Federal Election Commission deadline for submitting fundraising totals, that he had receipts of $253,796 for the quarter, and had $223,563 to spend.
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Connor himself contributed $210,000 to boost his campaign that launched mid-November. He raised $43,796 from other donors.
Easley businessman Richard Cash led the group in money left to spend, reporting $255,432 at the end of 2013. Cash raised $76,156 in the year's final quarter.
Cash, like Connor, contributed about $200,000 of his own money to the campaign in an earlier quarter.
Graham raised more than $1.3 million from October through December, and has $7.6 million to spend.