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Sen. Lindsey Graham Avoids Runoff in South Carolina

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrives for a news conference about proposed gun violence legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this file photo taken March 6, 2013. Graham looks poised to be the latest member of the Republican establishment to fend a primary challenge from the Tea Party, overcoming criticism from some members of his party that he is not conservative enough. JONATHAN ERNST / Reuters

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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.

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