What You Need to Know About Tonight’s Special Election Primary in South Carolina

By NTK Staff | 05.02.2017 @2:17pm
What You Need to Know About Tonight’s Special Election Primary in South Carolina

Democrats are hoping to avoid a runoff while Republicans attempt to narrow the field…

Voters are heading to the polls Tuesday for yet another special election, this one in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. Candidates are vying for the seat to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who now serves as President Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The district tilts heavily Republican, but a spirited race has developed on both sides of the aisle.

On the Democratic side, it’s largely seen as a two-person race between Archie Parnell, a 66-year-old senior adviser to Goldman Sachs, and Alexis Frank, a 26-year-old paralegal in the U.S. Army. Parnell’s background has been a primary focus of Frank’s:

“After the election, I reached out to the Democratic Party here and they said they already had a candidate and that they didn’t want to have a primary, and I said I’d love to put my support behind him because this is a really important election,” Frank said. “Then I found out who he was.”

Frank, a biracial mother of two who lives with her husband at an Army base, added that she “was more equipped to speak to people on the level that they need.”

“People are looking for something different, and I didn’t think [Parnell] was different enough,” she said.

On the Republican side, seven contenders are vying for the nomination, including former state Rep. Ralph Norman, statehouse Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope, and former state GOP chairman Chad Connelly.

While Democrat Parnell is hoping to avoid a runoff with Frank, analysts are expect no Republican will reach the 50 percent mark Tuesday night:

The most likely outcome is that no candidate will receive over 50 percent of the vote, meaning that the top two GOP hopefuls will meet in a primary runoff on May 16.

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