Two weeks ago, the South Carolina special Republican primary found state House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope outdueling former state Representative and 2006 congressional nominee Ralph Norman by just 135 votes as they both advanced to the secondary run-off election. Last night, Mr. Norman has apparently returned the favor as he notched an unofficial 203-vote win over Rep. Pope. It’s unclear whether recounts will be requested or ordered, or if there are remaining absentee and provisional ballots remaining to count. If the result holds, Mr. Norman will be a heavy favorite to hold the seat for the GOP in the June 20th special general election. He will face former Wall Street executive Archie Parnell (D) in that contest. The eventual winner succeeds former Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-Lancaster/Rock Hill) who left the House to become the director of the Office of Management & Budget.
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