While potential challengers ponder a run against him, South Carolina’s senior U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham fired a warning flare. He released his re-election campaign finances–nearly $5.4 million cash-on-hand.
The campaign’s quarterly financial report was filed today with the Secretary of the Senate.
Scott Farmer, the senator’s campaign manager said, “This was the one best fundraising quarters that Senator Graham has ever had.”
-Beginning Cash on Hand as of December 31, 2012: $4,412,522.84
-Total Receipts for the First Quarter of 2013: $1,173,836.18
-Total Disbursements for the First Quarter of 2013: $203,139.28
-Ending Cash on Hand as of March 31, 2013: $5,382,770.49
Spartanburg state Senator Lee Bright, one of the Legislature’s most conservative members, has been vocal about a possible run against Graham, a Seneca native who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. Before that, he was the first Republican to represent South Carolina’s 3rd District in Congress.
Citadel graduate and blog publisher Nancy Mace is another name often mentioned to face Graham in a party primary. She is the author In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel .