UNION COUNTY — With Ralph Norman’s victory in Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 seat, the Republican Party is now four for four.
Since April, there have been four special elections for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives left vacant after the Republican incumbents were appointed to positions in the Trump administration.
The first of these special elections was held for the Fourth Congressional Seat in Kansas on April 11 to fill the seat that was left vacant when Rep. Mike Pompeo became Director of the CIA. The election was won by Republican Ron Estes who at the time of the election was serving his second term as Kansas State Treasurer.
The second of these special elections was held for Montana’s at-large congressional seat on May 25 to fill the seat which was left vacant when Rep. became Secretary of State. The election was won by Republican Greg Gianforte, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully for governor of the state in 2016.
The third of these special elections was held in Georgia on April 18 but went into a June 20 runoff when none of the candidates running received a majority of the vote. The election was held to fill Georgia’s Sixth District seat which was left vacant when Rep. Tom Price became Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The runoff was won by Republican Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State who had previously ran for governor and the US Senate.
The fourth of these special elections was held on this past Tuesday (June 20) for South Carolina’s U.S. House of Representatives Fifth District seat which was left vacant when Rep. Mick Mulvaney became Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The race pitted Republican Ralph Norman against Democrat Archie Parnell, Green Party candidate David Kulma, American Party candidate Josh Thornton, and Libertarian Victor Kocher.
Norman emerged victorious receiving 44,906 votes or 51.10 percent district wide to 42,072 or 47.88 percent for Parnell. Thornton received 319 votes or 0.36 percent while Kocher received 272 votes or 0.31 percent and Kulma received 242 votes or 0.28 percent.
In Union County, Norman received 1,436 votes to 1,397 for Parnell. Kulma and Thornton each received 8 votes while Kocher received 2.
Of the 17,746 registered voters in Union County, 2,868 cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election.
Norman’s victory means the GOP has won all four of the congressional special elections that have been held this year.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.