Update on the SC-5th Congressional District special election (spoiler alert: Safe R)

It’s hard to work up any enthusiasm over safe House seats. It may be exciting for the candidates, but that’s about it. Such is the case for the South Carolina 5th Congressional District, a very safe Republican seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney when he became Trump’s budget director.

On May 2nd party primary elections were held, which required a 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. Archie Parnell won the Democratic nomination outright with 71.3 percent, but there will be a runoff for the Republicans on May 16th between State Representatives Ralph Norman and Tommy Pope who got 30.5 to 30.2 percent respectively (separated by less than 200 votes).


What may be an important endorsement for Pope has come in from U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, though I generally don’t think endorsements matter much.

If you’re interested in what former colleagues Pope and Norman have been saying about each other, you can find that here. It’s not very nice at all.

Whichever of the two gets through the runoff will contest the general election on June 20th.

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