Incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham avoided a runoff and easily coasted to victory against a fractured field of tea party challengers in South Carolina’s Republican primary on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Graham, once seen as vulnerable to a primary challenge from a more conservative candidate, received more than half the vote needed to avoid a runoff election later this month.
The two-term incumbent benefited from a large fundraising advantage over his six tea party challengers who argued that Graham is too moderate for the conservative state.
Graham is heavily favored in November’s general election.
First published June 10 2014, 6:14 PM
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Rafferty began at NBC News through a fellowship at "Meet The Press."
He is from Buffalo, N.Y., and attended John Carroll University in Ohio.