Faith little discussed issue on SC campaign trail

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's six Republican primary challengers frequently and loudly question whether he's conservative enough. But, in a deeply religious state, they haven't questioned his faith.

Graham's opponents have made some aspect of their faith part of their campaigns. But Graham hasn't made it part of his pitch to voters.

Nationwide, many Republicans this year have not tied their conservatism to Christianity, including hotly contested races in Mississippi and Georgia.

College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts says some of that hinges on making sure Democrats don't get any ammunition in the general election. He says a Democrat can't attack his GOP opponent for not being conservative enough, but character attacks can transcend party lines.

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