clear
Tuesday August 22nd, 2017 1:24AM

GOP runoff to replace SC's Mulvaney too close to call

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest or margins separating the contenders.

The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent, meaning a recount is automatic.

Norman, who held a slight lead with all precincts reporting, was claiming victory, and the Club for Growth, whose political arm backed Norman, sent out an email message congratulating him.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Pope said he would let the automatic recount process play out, thanking his supporters and saying he was "humbled and thankful" for their trust.

Mulvaney vacated the 5th District seat to become White House budget director. The runoff was required when voters in the Republican-leaning district gave Norman and Pope roughly equal support while rejecting the flamethrowers and outsiders in a seven-way GOP primary.

Both candidates selectively align with President Donald Trump, supporting his proposed border wall with Mexico as well as favoring his efforts to promote U.S. economic growth by loosening federal regulations. Both also pledged to get rid of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Although Pope, a former prosecutor, had the support of several high-profile state Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, Norman got backing from conservative organizations from outside the state. That vein of support includes Ted Cruz, who stumped with the real estate developer Monday, as well as Jim DeMint, the former senator and recently departed chief at The Heritage Foundation.

That backing was big for some voters in the 5th District on Tuesday. David L. O'Neal, a retired Army officer and paratrooper from Tega Cay, said that he supported Cruz's 2016 presidential bid and was glad to see him back Norman.

"I'm excited about what he's going to do for veterans," O'Neal said of Norman. "And just rebuilding the military in general."

County election boards will meet Thursday to certify results. The State Election Commission meets on Friday and could order a recount to begin by midmorning, according to agency spokesman Chris Whitmire. Any paper ballots and electronic ballots would be scanned and read again, with results available on the commission's website.

Results could be certified a few hours later, Whitmire said.

The congressional district spans 11 mostly rural counties as it stretches north from Columbia, through Charlotte suburbs and then west to pick up more rural areas. It had been in Democratic hands for more than 100 years until state Republicans redrew the map, changing the boundaries to draw it more safely under their party's control.

It's the same district held by the fictional Democratic politician Frank Underwood in the first season of "House of Cards" on Netflix and had been in Democratic hands for more than 100 years until Mulvaney's victory in 2010 over longtime U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

The eventual winner will go up against Democrat Archie Parnell on June 20.

___

Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP. Read more of her work at https://apnews.com/search/meg%20kinnard

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General House Election News
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park
Authorities say at least one person died and an estimated 25 others were injured when a tornado struck a trailer park near Chetek in western Wisconsin
10:28PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Authorities seize 7,000 birds in LA County cockfighting raid
Authorities in Los Angeles County say they have seized 7,000 birds in what they say is one of the largest busts of illegal cockfighting in U.S. history
9:58PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Dad tries to fathom why son allegedly decapitated his mother
Authorities say a man carrying what appeared to be a human head stabbed a worker at an Oregon grocery store just minutes before authorities in a nearby town found his mother's body in a rural home
9:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
U.S. News
Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies
Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD in the 1930s, and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman in the 1960s
10:27PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit
President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote the day of the meeting
10:18PM ( 13 minutes ago )
The Latest: Associate says Comey noted odd Trump encounters
An associate of James Comey says the former FBI director documented odd or troubling conversations he had with President Donald Trump in several memos
10:12PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: No bail for man accused of killing mother
Authorities say a man carrying what appeared to be a human head stabbed a worker at an Oregon grocery store just minutes before authorities in a nearby town found his mother's body in a rural home
9:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: House chairman seeks Comey-Trump documents
The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he will seek copies of any memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his meetings with President Donald Trump
8:36PM ( 1 hour ago )
Grisly 24-hour period leaves 4 dead in Venezuela unrest
Business owners have shuttered shops, a burned police station is charred black and a state officer in western Venezuela is under arrest following a spasm of violence that has left at least four people dead in anti-government protests
8:30PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after
A look at key moments in tenure of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of him and what's come after
8:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
Consternation on Capitol Hill over Trump's Russia meeting
Confusion and consternation are sweeping Capitol Hill over reports President Donald Trump disclosed classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office a day after firing FBI Director James Comey.
8:14PM ( 2 hours ago )
Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds
The presidents of the United States and Turkey vow to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria's civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broach a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters
7:46PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders
5:28PM ( 5 hours ago )
Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director
Texas Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be FBI director, telling President Donald Trump's administration that he'll stay in the Senate
4:53PM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Report says Israel provided intelligence on IS
The New York Times says the classified intelligence President Donald Trump divulged to Russian officials last week was provided by Israel
4:50PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani
A reformist candidate has dropped out of Iran's presidential election and thrown his support behind President Hassan Rouhani, in a widely expected move that will strengthen the incumbent's campaign against a hard-liner
1:56PM ( 8 hours ago )
The Latest: Pelosi says Trump undermines trust in US
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's comments to Russian officials at the White House last week "undermined the trust" that other countries have in the U.S. when it comes to intelligence sharing
1:25PM ( 9 hours ago )
The Latest: WH says Trump didn't know where info came from
President Donald Trump's national security adviser says Trump didn't know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from.
12:47PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Elections
Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer
A New Jersey woman who joined a group urging a Republican congressman to distance himself from President Donald Trump's policies says she quit her job after the congressman referred to her in a letter to her employer
6:53PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Paper says Comey didn't pledge loyalty to Trump
The New York Times reports that former FBI Director James Comey declined to pledge loyalty to President Donald Trump during a dinner the two men shared in January.
10:58PM ( 4 days ago )
Trump Jr. urges support for Republican in US House race
Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, urged voters at an East Helena rally to support Republican Greg Gianforte in the upcoming special election for Montana's US House seat
7:29PM ( 5 days ago )
General House Election News
Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies
Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD in the 1930s, and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman in the 1960s
10:27PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit
President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote the day of the meeting
10:18PM ( 13 minutes ago )
The Latest: Associate says Comey noted odd Trump encounters
An associate of James Comey says the former FBI director documented odd or troubling conversations he had with President Donald Trump in several memos
10:12PM ( 19 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Rockies-Twins in surprising 1st-place matchup
LEADING OFF: Rockies-Twins in surprising 1st-place matchup
9:59PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Authorities seize 7,000 birds in LA County cockfighting raid
Authorities in Los Angeles County say they have seized 7,000 birds in what they say is one of the largest busts of illegal cockfighting in U.S. history
9:58PM ( 33 minutes ago )