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.