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COLUMBIA — A day after soundly defeating six Republican challengers, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will try to push the GOP to solve hard problems such as immigration.

A day after soundly defeating six Republican challengers, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will try to push the GOP to solve hard problems such as immigration.  RAINIER EHRHARDT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A day after soundly defeating six Republican challengers, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will try to push the GOP to solve hard problems such as immigration.

The South Carolina Republican, who authored the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year, said Wednesday that it would be a mistake to scuttle reform efforts after the upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. Cantor’s little-known tea-party challenger focused his challenge on the immigration issue and won by double digits.

Immigration, he said, is “not a Republican issue.”

“It’s not a Democratic issue. It’s an American issue. It’s a national security issue.”

Graham said he’s confident that Republicans in both South Carolina and across the nation would accept a “rational solution” if they were confident it would fix the problem.

The senator, who’s seeking a third term, has been criticized for working with Democrats on the issue. It’s one reason why a half-dozen or so of the state’s 46 county Republican parties passed resolutions chastising Graham during his second term.

But he said the primary shows most Republicans applaud him for at least trying.

“People know I’m for immigration reform. I took it head-on, and most South Carolina conservatives want a solution,” he said.

Graham said he can’t explain what happened with Cantor in Virginia, but “South Carolina was a referendum on whether or not you can be a conservative and solve a problem, or at least try.”

While his six opponents were allied with the tea party, Graham said he and the tea party are not at odds. He believes many people who consider themselves aligned with the tea party saw the criticism against him as off-base.

“My enemy is not the tea party. My enemy is the status quo. My enemy is liberal Democrats trying to take the country and turn it upside down. They’re my political enemy. The real enemy is al-Qaida and the Taliban,” he said. “When the tea party looked at me, they didn’t see an enemy, they saw a guy who understood the threats we have as a nation.”

OPPONENT IN RUNOFF UNCLEAR

COLUMBIA — A day after the primary, Henry McMaster’s opponent in the runoff to determine the GOP lieutenant governor nominee remains unclear.

The second-place finisher in the four-way Republican race likely won’t be official until at least Saturday.

Unofficial results of the primary show less than 1 percentage point separating retired developer Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell, son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell. Both received about 24 percent of the vote, with McKinney slightly leading.

–Associated Press

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Kos
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Kos 06/11/14 - 11:10 pm
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How Republican made Congress stupid.
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Why would conservative lawmakers decimate the staff and organizational capacity of an institution they themselves control? Part if it is political optics. What better way to show the conservative voters back home that you're serious about shrinking government by getting rid of Eric Cantor? But a bigger reason is strategic. The Gingrich Revolutionaries of 1995 and the Tea Parties of 2011 share the same basic dream; to defund and dismantle the vast complex of agencies and programs. Who they fooling? When millions lost their jobs, houses, and retirement funds. What the Tea Party, Eric Cantor,and Sen. Graham was doing? Obstructing Obama so he would 'fail' or ensuring he is a 'one term' President. So when that didn't work they took House Leader Eric Cantor out.

southern2
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southern2 06/12/14 - 07:37 am
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6 more of Sir Graham-nasty

Should have at least been a run-off. Thought Graham was at more risk than Cantor.

Guess the folks there are ready for his immigration (amnesty) push to continue.

KSL
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KSL 06/12/14 - 08:16 am
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There should have been one

There should have been one serious challenger. We had too many wannabes without the deep pockets Lindsey had.

southern2
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southern2 06/12/14 - 08:46 am
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Can you say...Third party

Can you say...Third party candidate in November?

Butterman
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Butterman 06/12/14 - 03:16 pm
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3rd Party Candidate
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I believe it is too late for that. Well you all had the opportunity to send Lisping Lindsey home and instead you all sent him back to Washington with a clear majority. Go figure.

KSL
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KSL 06/13/14 - 08:54 am
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Do not say "you." We didn't

Do not say "you." We didn't vote for him.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/13/14 - 04:48 pm
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yeh right--

We need to broadcast what we will do for illegals so MILLIONS will come across the border--HEY wait a minute, that is what they are doing NOW!
I hear that tv & radio are broadcasting programs in south American cities telling them to send their young to America now...as in ASAP...that thing about the border is secure is a bunch of hogwash....why not send these bus loads to DC & Graham's house...diapers & all.

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