After Seven Republicans Announce, Lone Democrat Jumps Into Open Race in South Carolina’s 5th

Parnell is the lone Democrat who has announced thus far for the party’s primary for the 5th District seat. That House seat was left vacant when U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, resigned to become President Donald Trump’s budget director.

Meanwhile, seven Republicans have crowded into the GOP primary for a district that has become increasingly Republican. A Democrat, longtime U.S. Rep. John Spratt of York, last held the seat in 2011, losing his re-election bid to Mulvaney.

The last Democrat to challenge for the seat, former Vice President Joe Biden aide Fran Person, suffered a 20-point loss to Mulvaney in November.

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Source: The State

With President Trump’s selection of Mick Mulvaney, a special Congressional race has been triggered in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. The district is overwhelmingly Republican, hence the crowded primary on that side. Mr. Parnell can self-fund, which helps a bit in such a red district, but this race will take a backseat to the action in the Georgia Sixth and Montana at-large open races, barring a bigger name entering the race. The filing period for candidates ends next Monday, with the primary set for May 2nd and a primary runoff (if necessary) on May 16th.