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      Graham defeats 6 GOP challengers, avoids runoff

      <font size="2">US Sen. Lindsey Graham defeats six tea party challengers in GOP primary to avoid a runoff election.</font>



      COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- US Sen. Lindsey Graham
      defeated six tea party challengers in GOP primary to avoid a runoff election.


      Graham challengers in Tuesday's GOP primary, all criticized him for not being conservative enough.


      Polls going into the primary showed Graham's support hovering at around 50 percent.


      Graham will face state Sen. Brad Hutto, who won his primary in Novemberâ??s election.

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