Lindsey Graham

South Carolina Poll Watch: Sen. Lindsey Graham in GOP Primary Trouble With Tea Party

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham

Without a doubt, this RINO should be in trouble.

Yesterday we put out a poll on Lindsey Graham’s standing with the entire South Carolina electorate. Today we narrow it down to those describing themselves as regular Republican primary voters.

52% of them say that given the choice they’d pick a more conservative challenger in the 2014 GOP primary, compared to only 37% who say they’d support Graham under that scenario. It’s a pretty simple calculus- Graham leads 47-40 on that question with Republicans who say they don’t consider themselves to be members of the Tea Party but he trails 76-18 with folks who identify with that movement. The Tea Party faction of the Republican Party has become more and more powerful since Graham dispatched a relatively weak primary challenger in 2008 and if the fever doesn’t die down over the next three years he’s going to be in serious trouble in a primary.

Senator Graham will face a more conservative Tea Party GOP primary challenger in 2014.

Poll results are here (Pdf).