From Benghazi toObamacare, to the government shutdown and his pending 2014 GOP primary fight, South Carolina's Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been in the middle of some of the year's biggest state and national news stories.

While it is common for political challengers to rise every few years, as Election Day nears seldom has the noise been so loud against him. Four tea party-aligned hopefuls have set out to unseat the state's senior senator in the June Republican primary.

To help set the stage for 2014, The Post and Courier asked those on both sides of Graham's conservative base to address why the senator is good or bad for South Carolina.

Following are those essays from former S.C. attorney general Henry McMaster, a Graham supporter, and Dianne Belsom, president of the Laurens County Tea Party, and Kevin Thomas, Fairfield County GOP chairman, who combined their efforts to say why Graham should not be re-elected.

You can find all of our 2013 Newsmakers here.