First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul
April 8th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul

Washington (CNN) – Could Sen. Lindsey Graham finally have a credible primary challenger in South Carolina?

Det Bowers, a politically-connected Columbia pastor, collected over $417,000 in the two months since he made a late entry into the GOP Senate primary in February, a source close to the first-time candidate told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • South Carolina
Scarborough talks 2016 race in South Carolina
April 1st, 2014
08:32 PM ET
5 months ago

Scarborough talks 2016 race in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has flirted with the possibility of running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, offered a candid assessment of the potential White House field during a closed-door session Tuesday with South Carolina Republicans.

Scarborough made the quiet, last minute trip to South Carolina, an early primary state, to address a weekly luncheon held by Republican legislators and to promote his new book about the future of the GOP.

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Filed under: 2016 • Republican Party • South Carolina
March 13th, 2014
03:58 PM ET
6 months ago

Graham offers to 'help' Kerry deal with Boehner

Washington (CNN) - GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was caught Thursday on an open microphone offering to help the Obama administration try to convince House Speaker John Boehner to support the Senate's Ukraine assistance bill.

The moment happened as Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up testimony in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Graham walked over to the witness table, leaned over to talk to Kerry and was heard on a live mic saying "Hey John, good job! Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner."

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Filed under: John Kerry • Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina • Ukraine
Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
February 24th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
6 months ago

In South Carolina, Clinton forces try to tap Obama magic

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – To hear some tell it, the 2008 South Carolina primary clash between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was a few steps away from a full-blown race riot.

"It was unbelievable down here in 2007 and 2008," said Bridget Tripp, a Democratic organizer from Lexington who supported Obama in that year's primary. "Bill Clinton was going through downtown Columbia calling Barack Obama a racist."

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • South Carolina
Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race
February 19th, 2014
02:41 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Each one of Lindsey Graham's five underfunded Republican primary opponents have been struggling to gain traction in the race and emerge as the South Carolina senator's leading conservative opponent.

Not one of them, though, has managed to break out of the pack.

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First on CNN: Ready for Hillary heads to South Carolina
February 7th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: Ready for Hillary heads to South Carolina

Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia.

The low dollar event – like many Ready for Hillary fundraisers, the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN.

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Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham
February 4th, 2014
12:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham

Washington (CNN) – The already-crowded race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is about to get another candidate.

Det Bowers, a well-connected Columbia pastor known for his oratory, put weeks of rumors to rest on Monday and said he is joining the five-person Republican Senate primary field.

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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina
GOP committeemen: Christie's bridge drama won't stay with him
January 9th, 2014
01:53 PM ET
8 months ago

GOP committeemen: Christie's bridge drama won't stay with him

Washington (CNN) - Chris Christie's handling of access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge - and the fact that his staff closed the lanes for apparent political retribution - will not matter to voters if the Governor decides to run for president, three Republican committeemen from early primary and caucus states said Thursday.

"I don't think this will make any difference whatsoever if Gov. Christie runs," Stephen Duprey, Republican National Committeeman from New Hampshire, told CNN. "People in New Hampshire could care less about whether some bureaucrat working on his staff did something stupid like this."
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Filed under: New Jersey • South Carolina
In South Carolina, Democrat keeps Obamacare at arm's length
December 4th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
9 months ago

In South Carolina, Democrat keeps Obamacare at arm's length

(CNN) – How will red state Democrats handle Obamacare as a hot-button campaign issue in 2014?

Here's a small clue.
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Filed under: Obamacare • South Carolina
First on CNN: Perry plans campaign-style swing through South Carolina
November 27th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Perry plans campaign-style swing through South Carolina

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign-style swing through the key Republican primary state of South Carolina next week, making four appearances in the state's most conservative region.

Perry's keynote speech to a South Carolina Republican Party banquet in Spartanburg next Tuesday has already been announced.
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Filed under: Rick Perry • South Carolina
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