This weekend, the Republican Liberty Caucus sponsored two events in the Greenville-Spartanburg area: The Take Our Country Back 2012 rally in Greenville and the US Constitution Family Festival in Boiling Springs (just outside Spartanburg). We met lots of great constitutional conservative activists across the state who took time out of a busy football weekend to rally in support of smaller government and more freedom. We also got a chance to take their temperature on an upcoming state-wide race with major significance — the 2014 re-election bid for incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
There have been a number of names thrown in the hat but perhaps the most well-known and most talked about potential challenger is South Carolina Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort).
So we did a hypothetical head-to-head straw poll between incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham and Tom Davis of those who stopped by our table this past weekend at both events. The results weren’t even close. Of the tea party and liberty Republican activists who voted, Tom Davis got 93.6% of the votes while Lindsey Graham only received 6.4% of the votes. The unpopularity of Lindsey Graham might not be surprising at tea party events, but the lopsided result was noteworthy — especially in light of the upstate being Lindsey Graham’s base of support.
US SENATE 2014
Lindsey Graham (incumbent) – 6.4%
Tom Davis – 93.6%
Other Possible Candidates
Besides Tom Davis, others have been rumored to be interested in running for US Senate in 2014, like South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-05), and Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC-01), among others.
Sen. Lee Bright, one of those rumored possible candidates, stopped by our table this weekend. Lee Bright was endorsed earlier this year by the Republican Liberty Caucus because he has the best rating from the Club for Growth and the Palmetto Liberty PAC in each of their respective scorecards. Bright also earned the top rating of the RLC veto scorecard which was released in late July. Bright went on to defeat a strong establishment-backed challenger earlier this year during the spring primary season.
Congressman Mick Mulvaney has a great record on fiscal issues in the US House of Representatives. Mulvaney was endorsed by the RLC in 2010 for election to the Fifth Congressional District where he went on to defeat incumbent Democrat Congressman John Spratt.
Tim Scott, who represents the lowcountry-based First Congressional District, is a rising star nationally in the Republican Party. Scott also has a good record on a number of fiscal issues.
So who do you support for Senate in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.