Norman Wins Tight Race For SC 5th District

Jun 20, 2017

Archie Parnell (D), left, and Ralph Norman (R).
Credit Campaign photos.

Latest: Norman Wins SC Congressional Race By Smaller Than Expected Margin

Updated 10:28 p.m.

The final results are in. Republican Ralph Norman has won the special election for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. Norman received 51.1 percent vote (44,889). Democrat Archie Parnell was 2,836 votes behind, finishing with 47.8 percent.

Norman and Parnell  were vying for the seat left vacant by Republican Mick Mulvaney when he was selected at White House budget director by President Trump. The election was on of five special elections nationwide that were seen as an early referenda on the Trump administration.

WFAE's Tom Bullock and Alex Olgin will have in-depth coverage Wednesday during Morning Edition and on Charlotte Talks.

Updated 9:31 p.m.
Ralph Norman is projected to defeat Archie Parnell in the race of the South Carolina 5th Congressional District. Norman garnered 51.17 percent (44,312) votes to Parnell's 47.81 percent (41,404).

Updated 9:09 p.m.
Ralph Norman maintains a small lead over Archie Parnell. With 10 of 11 counties completely reported, Norman has 51.12 percent (36,223) of the vote to 47.9 percent (33,940). 

Updated 8:51 p.m.
With eight of 11 counties completely reported, Ralph Norman has pulled slightly ahead with 50.99 percent of the vote (32,440) to 48.02 percent (30,552).

Update: 8:27 p.m.

The race remains close. With four of 11 counties completely reported, Parnell has a slight lead, 50 percent (16,531) to 48.9 percent (16,178).

Updated 8:20 p.m.
In early returns, Archie Parnell has a slight lead over Ralph Norman. Parnell has 51.2 percent of the vote (12,528). Norman has 47.8 percent (11,702).

 Updated 7:04 p.m.

South Carolina polls closed at 7 p.m. in the special election for the state's 5th Congressional District. WFAE's Tom Bullock and Alex Olgin report from the election night headquarters of Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell.