Sen. Lindsey Graham defeated Republican primary challenger Buddy Witherspoon by a comfortable 67 percent to 33 percent. Bob Inglis, an incumbent South Carolina Republican congressman, also defeated his primary challenger who objected to the incumbent’s vote for a nonbinding anti-surge resolution. In Virginia, Gerald Connolly easily beat former Rep. Leslie Byrne, 56 percent to 34 percent, for the Democratic nod to succeed outgoing Republican Rep. Tom Davis. In the night’s closest race, Huckabee-friendly Republican Mark Ellmore beat Ron Paul Republican Amit Singh 56 percent to 44 percent. Fellow Ron Paul Republican Vern McKinnley, who lacked the congressman’s endorsement, was slaughted by incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf by a 10 to 1 margin.
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