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Norman wins 5th District

Posted: June 26, 2017 5:57 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Republican candidate Ralph Norman has won the 5th Congressional District Special Election.

Norman ultimately overcame a field of eight fellow Republican candidates to win the Republican nomination, then won the special election held June 20.

 Norman fills the unexpired term of former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who stepped down in January to become President Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The S.C. Congressional District includes part or all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York counties.

Norman won with a little more than  51 percent of the vote, taking in a total of 44,905 votes to Democrat Archie Parnell’s 42,072, which represented about 48 percent of the vote. David Kulma (Green Party), Josh Thornton (American Party) and Victor Kocher (Libertarian Party) took in 242, 319 and 272 votes respectively.

In Kershaw County, a total of 7,056 ballots were cast. Norman won with 3,706, or 52.5 percent of the vote, to Parnell’s 3,288, which represented around 46.6 percent of the vote.

The 5th Congressional District seat will come up for re-election in 2018.


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