South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017

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South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017

← 2016 June 20, 2017 2018 →

South Carolina's 5th congressional district
Turnout 18.34% Decrease

  Ralph Norman official photo (cropped).jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Ralph Norman Archie Parnell
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 45,076 42,341
Percentage 51.0% 47.9%

South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017 results by county.svg

U.S. Representative before election

Mick Mulvaney
Republican

Elected U.S. Representative

Ralph Norman
Republican

A special election was held on June 20, 2017, to determine the member of the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. Representative Mick Mulvaney was nominated by President Donald Trump as Director of the Office of Management and Budget and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 16, 2017, necessitating his resignation from the House of Representatives.[1][2]

State Representative Ralph Norman narrowly beat Archie Parnell, a senior advisor for Goldman Sachs, 51.0% to 47.9%, in a low-turnout election.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

  • Penry Gustafson, former businesswoman and community advocate of Camden, SC[9]
  • Gary Simrill, State Representative[10]

Endorsements[edit]

Tommy Pope
Ralph Norman
Chad Connelly
Tom Mullikin

Polling[edit]

First round[edit]

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chad
Connelly
Sheri
Few
Tom
Mullikin
Ralph
Norman
Tommy
Pope
Kris
Wampler
Other Undecided
Atlantic Research and Media of North Carolina* February 25, 2017 239 ± 6.2% 1% 9% 8% 11% 19% 0% 51%
Remington Research Group January 7–8, 2017 778 ± 3.4% 9% 9% 25% 6%[20] 52%

*Internal survey for the Sheri Few campaign

Runoff[edit]

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ralph
Norman
Tommy
Pope
Undecided
Trafalgar Group May 8–10, 2017 1000+ ± 3.1% 46% 45% 9%

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election Republican primary, 2017[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tommy Pope 11,900 30.4%
Republican Ralph Norman 11,782 30.1%
Republican Tom Mullikin 7,734 19.8%
Republican Chad Connelly 5,536 14.1%
Republican Sheri Few 1,921 4.9%
Republican Kris Wampler 197 0.5%
Republican Ray Craig 86 0.2%
Total votes 39,270 100.00%
South Carolina's 5th congressional district runoff election Republican primary, 2017[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Norman 17,823 50.31%
Republican Tommy Pope 17,602 49.69%
Runoff election
Total votes 35,425 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election Democratic primary, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Archie Parnell 13,323 71.3%
Democratic Alexis Frank 4,022 21.5%
Democratic Les Murphy 1,345 7.2%
Total votes 18,709 100.00%

Libertarian Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated at convention[edit]

The Libertarian Party nominating convention was held April 1, 2017.[29]

  • Bill Bledsoe
  • Nathaniel Cooper

Green Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ralph
Norman (R)
Archie
Parnell (D)
Other Undecided
Change Research[31] June 14–18, 2017 872 ± 3% 53% 44% 3%
Gravis Marketing[32] May 19–22, 2017 746 ± 3.6% 47% 34% 3% 16%
Victory Enterprises/Rampart PAC (R)[33] May 17–18, 2017 629 ± 3.9% 53% 36% 11%

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ralph Norman 45,076 51.04% -8.03%
Democratic Archie Parnell 42,341 47.94% +9.17%
American Josh Thornton 319 0.36% -1.74%
Libertarian Victor Kocher 273 0.31% N/A
Green David Kulma 242 0.27% N/A
Write-in Write-in 65 0.07% +0.31%
Total votes 88,316 100.0%
Republican hold

County results[edit]

Vote breakdown by county
Ralph Norman
Republican
Archie Parnell
Democrat
Total
County Votes % Votes % Votes
Cherokee 3,367 61.86% 2,031 37.31% 5,443
Chester 1,940 45.20% 2,301 53.61% 4,292
Fairfield 1,125 32.33% 2,314 66.49% 3,480
Kershaw 3,720 52.53% 3,299 46.59% 7,081
Lancaster 6,237 55.07% 4,985 44.02% 11,325
Lee 632 25.54% 1,825 73.74% 2,475
Newberry 1,627 51.07% 1,519 47.68% 3,186
Spartanburg 763 70.98% 302 28.09% 1,075
Sumter 3,757 39.64% 5,671 59.84% 9,477
Union 1,436 50.35% 1,397 48.98% 2,852
York 20,472 54.44% 16,697 44.33% 37,630

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Dumain, Emma (March 6, 2017). "Jeff Duncan first member of S.C. Congressional delegation to endorse in special election". The Post and Courier. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ Mullikin, Tom (February 17, 2017). "We are honored to have the endorsement of former Rep. Mick Mulvaney's chief of staff, Al Simpson". Twitter. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  20. ^ Gary Simrill 6%
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  22. ^ "RECOUNT 2017 U.S. House District 5 Republican Primary Runoff". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
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  27. ^ "SC Sen. Sheheen says he won't run for Congress". The State. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Candidate Listing for the 6/20/2017 US House of Rep Dist 5 Special Election". sc.gov. South Carolina Election Commission. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Convention Recalled". sclibertarians.net. South Carolina Libertarian Party. March 1, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Goldman Sachs vs Adjunct Professor". greenpartywatch.org. Green Party Watch. March 16, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  31. ^ "South Carolina 5th District Election Survey Data - Change Research (changeresearch.org)". Docs.google.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  32. ^ {{ authors[i].name }}. "Gravis Marketing". Ru.scribd.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  33. ^ {{ authors[i].name }}. "Victory Enterprises/Rampart PAC". Scribd.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  34. ^ "Special Election – U.S. House District 5, State House Districts 48 and 70 – June 20, 2017". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites