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Today is 5th District primary election

Posted: May 1, 2017 4:10 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Today is the primary election for the June 20 special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.

The district encompasses 11 counties, including Kershaw County. The seat became vacant when former U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney stepped down in January to accept a position with the Trump administration as director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Since that time, 15 candidates -- two of whom, Sheri Few and Tom Mullikin, are from Kershaw County -- have thrown their hats into the ring, including seven Republicans, three Democrats and five third party candidates.  A third Republican candidate from Kershaw County, Penry Gustafson, withdrew from the race.

On the Republican slate, in addition to Few and Mullikin are former S.C. Republican party Chairman Chad Connelly, Ray Craig, S.C. State Speaker of the House Pro Tem Tommy Pope, former S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman and Kris Wampler.

Democratic Party candidates include Alexis Frank, Les Murphy and Archie Parnell.

Third party candidates include David Kulma, Josh Thornton, Bill Bledsoe, N. Cooper and Victor Kocher.

If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election will be held Tuesday, May 16.

The special election for the vacant 5th District seat will be held Tuesday, June 20. 

The general election will be held in November 2018.

All voting precincts are open today, according to the Kershaw County Office of Voter Registration.  However, it is also noted that today is a school day and there may be state testing being conducted in some of the schools, therefore people should be aware and be mindful of that.

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