|Ralph Norman (Republican)||50.3%||17,823|
|Tommy Pope (Republican)||49.7%||17,602|
On the telephone with Lancaster County- last night our count, AP, and SCVotes were all slightly different there.
Mary Ann Hudson, the director of voter registration and elections in Lancaster County, trying to review precinct-by-precinct (via totals tapes).
Changing to SCVotes (state site) current totals until she calls back:
Machine-reading error on one "personal electronic ballot". Re-ran with a different machine (error with reader), correct results are 2530-2278 Norman.
All votes in, with Lancaster' screwy final precinct put in earlier.
Norman wins by...190 votes.
We have 3 less votes for Norman, 7 more for Pope in Lancaster County than the state currently shows from our volunteer on the ground there.
There will be an electronic recount, mandatory under SC law.
And the remaining precincts break for Norman. Pope ran out of favorable spots in his strongest county.
Calling it: Ralph Norman will face Democrat Archie Parnell on June 20th.
With 91% in, Normans lead grows a smidge to 376 votes.
There are 31 precincts outstanding in York, the last few to report have not been terrible for Norman. Very close.
Most of York that remains is in Norman-friendly areas. Still very close
With just 61 precincts left, where the votes remaining are matters.
56 of the precincts are in York, which is currently going to Pope by an 1100 vote margin (39 precincts reporting).
In the first round, Norman actually almost overwhelmed Pope with the final dump.
With over 73% reporting now, Norman jumped into a lead and it's growing...but still nothing out of Union, and plenty of York left for Pope.
Latest from in the field:
County Ralph Norman (REP)Tommy Pope (REP)
Cherokee 65 65
Chester 449 575
Fairfield 75 93
Kershaw 1,153 796
Lancaster 1,292 1,161
Lee 133 116
Sumter 889 885
York 2,781 3,564
Total 6,837 7,255
9% reporting and Pope is holding onto his lead. Kershaw will be critical. It is reporting only early tallies so far
With the early vote now rolling in, Pope has a 13 point lead, mostly out of York.
And in one of the more critical counties, early votes have dropped: Norman 69, Pope 66
We are forty minutes away from close of polls. Expecting a rather rapid tally from some counties.
While Montana and Georgia remain on most people’s minds, the special Congressional election to replace Mick Mulvaney chugs along. Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman advanced from a seven person field on May 2nd and face off today for the right to face Democrat Archie Parnell in the general election on June 20th. The district had been held by Democrats since Reconstruction, but after Mulvaney’s win in 2010, it was redrawn to make it considerably more Republican. Whether the nominee is Pope, who has the endorsements of the Chamber of Commerce and Congressman Trey Gowdy, or Norman, who has the endorsements of former Governor Nikki Haley, former Senator Jim DeMint, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the winner tonight will be expected to dispatch Parnell in a few weeks time.
Of course, most assumed Kansas would be a blowout too.
Initial results will be mail-ins and early votes, most likely out of York and Lancaster, which cast the most votes in the district. Barring a tight race tonight we should know rather early who has earned the Republican nomination.