GOP seeking to hold two House seats during special election

Democratic congressional candidate Archie Parnell in Bishopville South Carolina in June.			Sean Rayford  Getty Images

Republican Ralph Norman has won the special election to fill the vacated seat for South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District.

Even if that victory was by just 3 percentage points, a win is a win, Connelly said. Mulvaney rode a tea party wave to victory in the 5th District in 2010, defeating a three-decade Democratic incumbent.

Norman, a former state representative, beat out Democrat Archie Parnell for the position.

"Trump is still very popular in our area", Norman said during a recent candidate forum. "It didn't overshadow individual needs of what they wanted - business, less taxes, less government". Do Republicans distance themselves from the president in order to maintain their majority in Congress?

The race is Republican Ralph Norman against Democrat Archie Parnell. Parnell had roughly 48 percent of the vote. Despite a variety of challengers since, he held the seat until his confirmation earlier this year as White House budget director.

High-level surrogates stumped on behalf of both candidates, with Texas Sen.

Mulvaney's former Congressional district, which covers upstate SC, is holding its special election on Tuesday night.

"It's a good win, and we're excited", Norman, a real estate developer who aligned himself with President Donald Trump, told The Associated Press.

National Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez stumped with Parnell, as did several sitting congressional Democrats from other states. Many have compared South Carolina's 5th District to Georgia's 6th, where national Democrats funneled millions of dollars in an unsuccessful effort to turn that seat blue. The race has not had the same national focus as special elections in Georgia and Montana.

Interviewed immediately after his victory, Norman said he wasn't surprised by his slim margin of victory.

South Carolina's 5th District covers Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, York, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee and Union counties along with parts of Spartanburg, Sumter and Newberry counties. "His first big decision in putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court excited the people we're coming into contact with".

"On the Democratic side, they can say, 'My goodness, election after election, we've been getting beat by 15 percent, but now we're getting closer and closer, '" said Whisonant.

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