GOP Claims Victory in South Carolina Special Election

Ralph Norman (R-SC) has been declared the winner of the special election in South Carolina’s 5th District to replace President Donald Trump’s Director of the Office Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney.

Norman won a narrow victory taking 51.1 percent of the vote over Democrat Archie Parnell who took 47.9 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

The 5th District in South Carolina resides in the north-central part of the state above Columbia and east of Greenville.

With a similar background to President Donald Trump, Norman made millions in real estate development prior to running for Congress, CNBC reports. Norman has also served in the South Carolina state legislature. Parnell is a former banker at Goldman Sachs.

Norman’s victory was expected; however, Republicans win percentage is down from 2016 when Mulvaney claimed over 59 percent of the vote.

The South Carolina race took a back seat in terms of media attention to the special election also happening on Tuesday in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Editor’s note: This piece was edited to reflect Handel’s defeat of Ossoff.

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