UNION COUNTY — The race for the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat remains undecided with the vote from Tuesday’s runoff election almost equally split between the contending candidates.
Unofficial results show Rock Hill businessman and former SC House of Representatives member Ralph Norman winning Union County with 492 votes or 53.36 percent to 430 votes or 46.64 percent for SC House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tempore and former 16th Circuit Solicitor Tommy Pope.
District-wide, however, it was an almost even split with Norman receiving 17,755 votes or 50.29 percent and Pope receiving 17,552 votes or 49.71 percent.
With less than 1 percent of the vote separating Norman and Pope there will automatically be a recount thus leaving the GOP nomination for the June 20 special election undecided at the present time.
The special election is being held to fill the Fifth District Seat which has been vacant since Feb. 16 when then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney was confirmed by the US Senate as Director of the Office and Management and Budget.
As the nominee of the Republican Party, the winner of the runoff will face Democrat Archie Parnell, American Party candidate Josh Thornton, Green Party candidate David Kulma, and Libertarian Victor Kocher in the June 20 special election.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.