Bob Conley challenges Lindsey Graham for U.S. Senate

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By Jesef Williams

South Carolina voters will get to choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who's seeking a second term, is running against Democrat Bob Conley.

Here's what the campaigns see as the top issues and what they think makes their candidate the better choice."

Bob Conley

A North Myrtle Beach resident, Conley, 43, is labeled by some as a conservative Democrat. He sought the Democratic nomination after serving as a member of the Horry County Republican Committee."

According to his campaign Web site, Conley's top concerns include energy independence, national defense and illegal immigration."

He sees energy independence as a way to help promote short- and long-term economic stability. Conley also believes it's time to begin bringing home troops from Iraq.

He is also in support of stronger borders and more technologies to combat illegal immigration, which Conley said increases crime, depresses wages, jeopardizes national security, overwhelms government services and weakens our common culture."

"As the next senator from South Carolina, I will work with fellow patriots in Congress to restore constitutional government in Washington," Conley said."

Lindsey Graham

Graham, 53, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2002.

He is the state's senior senator and sits on the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees."

Scott Farmer, Graham's campaign manager, said he is focusing on three issues during the campaign – solving the national economic crisis, declaring energy independence in America and fighting and winning the war on terror."

Farmer said Graham has fought to keep taxes low and eliminate wasteful spending.

Farmer said Graham supports an "all-of-the-above" approach to addressing the energy problem, which includes domestic drilling and alternative energy use such as solar and nuclear."

"Sen. Graham is running based on his record," Farmer said. (Graham) not only talks the talk, but he gets results for our state and country."

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152