This past weekend, South Carolina election officials quickly completed the mandated recount of the May 16th Republican run-off election. The original result gave former state Representative and 2006 congressional nominee Ralph Norman a 221-vote win over state House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope. Interestingly, the recount produced the exact same margin, and Mr. Norman was declared the winner. Reacting to the news, Mr. Pope congratulated his opponent and conceded the race. The next step is the June 20th special general vote where Norman will face former Wall Street executive Archie Parnell (D). The new Republican nominee becomes the prohibitive favorite to clinch the seat.
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