UNION COUNTY — A Rock Hill businessman and former member of the SC House of Representatives and the Speaker Pro Tempore of the State House and former Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor will face each other in Tuesday’s runoff for the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat.
The US House of Representatives Fifth District is composed of all or parts of 11 counties including Union County. The seat has been vacant since Feb. 16 when then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney was confirmed by the US Senate as Director of the Office of Budget and Management.
A special election is scheduled for June 20 to fill the seat with the winner serving out the remainder of Mulvaney’s unexpired term.
On Tuesday, May 2, primaries were held to select the nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties for the June 20 special election. Three Democrats and seven Republicans ran in their parties respective primaries raising the possibility that no candidate would receive the 50 percent of the vote plus one vote to avoid a runoff. A landslide victory by one of their candidates enabled the Democrats to avoid a runoff, but for the GOP it was a different story.
Tommy Pope, the current Speaker Pro Tempore of the SC House of Representatives who previously served as Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor, received 11,900 votes or 30.39 percent while Rock Hill businessman and former State House member Ralph Norman received 11,782 votes or 30.09 percent. Since neither Norman nor Pope received the required majority of the vote to win the GOP nomination in the primary, they will face each other in Tuesday’s runoff.
Polls will open for the runoff at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. and only those who voted in the Republican primary or did not vote May 2 may vote in it. Persons who voted in the May 2 Democratic primary may not vote in the runoff.
Voters who vote in the runoff must bring one of the following types of photo identification with them:
• South Carolina Driver’s License
• South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles issued identification
• Military identification
• South Carolina Voter Registration Card with photograph
The winner of Tuesday’s runoff for the GOP nomination will face the following candidates in the June 20 special election:
• Archie Parnell — Democrat
• Josh Thornton — American Party
• David Kulma — Green Party
• Victor Kocher — Libertarian
For more information about Tuesday’s runoff and the June 20 special election and related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.