2 state House GOP colleagues advance in South Carolina race

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On the Democratic side, Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs adviser, finished first in the three-person Democratic primary, defeating Army veteran Alexis Frank, 72 percent to 21 percent, with 70 percent of precincts reporting. With 82 percent of the vote tallied, the top two GOP candidates were former state Rep. Ralph Norman with 31.5 percent and state Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope with 30.4 percent. It's been empty since Mick Mulvaney left to become Budget Director for the Trump administration.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in South Carolina's 5th congressional district, which stretches north of Columbia to the Charlotte suburbs. The victor will face Democrat Archie Parnell and several third-party candidates in the June 20 special election. District 70 is comprised of parts of Lower Richland and Sumter counties. Tom Mullikin and Chad Connelly were both garnering about 16 percent, while Sheri Few was getting less than 5 percent. Only those who voted in the Republican primary or those who did not vote in either primary may vote in the runoff.

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For more information about the May 16 runoff and the June 20 special election and related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar's Office at 864-429-1616. Democrat John Spratt held a somewhat differently configured version of the district for 28 years until Mulvaney beat him soundly in 2010. But Trump actually carried the district by a smaller margin than he did Kansas' 4th District, which proved more of a challenge for Republicans to hold than many had expected. Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs tax adviser, will face the victor of the Republican runoff in the June 20 general election for the seat, according to The State.

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