Graham leads in fund-raising by wide margin

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has about ten times more cash on hand than his four up-and-running challengers in the GOP primary after all the quarterly fundraising reports were filed, the numbers indicate.

Graham's campaign disclosure report made to the Federal Election Commission showed him with more than $7.6 million cash on hand.

Recently released totals from two of his challengers who couldn't be reached at last's week cutoff showed that they trailed by a large margin.

State Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg listed about $49,500 on hand at the end of December.

Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, the most recent entry into the race, announced he had $223,563 cash on hand. His report also lists a $210,000 loan he made to the campaign.

Berkeley County businesswoman Nancy Mace earlier listed raising around $253,000 in the quarter, with $241,000 cash on hand. Upstate businessman Richard Cash listed $255,400 cash on hand.

The only announced Democrat for the Senate seat held by Graham - Jeremy Stamper, who recently moved to South Carolina from Washington state - listed about $3,350 cash available.

The totals cover the candidates' collections for the last three months of 2013, ending Dec. 31.

Graham may also pick up another primary challenger. Det Bowers, a Columbia pastor, is telling supporters he's joining the five-way Republican race.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551

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