Republican Wins House Seat Vacated By South Carolina's Mick Mulvaney

Ralph Norman following his election victory on June 20.

Photographer: Chuck Burton/AP Photo

Columbia, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the race to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th District (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Republican Ralph Norman has won a victory that was closer than expected in a special election to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney.

The Republican won just more than 51 percent of votes cast Tuesday in the 5th District. That's compared with about 48 percent for Democrat Archie Parnell.

Norman, a former state lawmaker, ran a campaign aligning himself with President Donald Trump. Trump won the district in November by more than 18 percentage points.

Norman emerged as the top vote-getter from a seven-way GOP primary and defeated state lawmaker Tommy Pope by just more than 200 votes in a runoff.

Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs tax adviser, had argued he was best suited to represent the district, which was in Democratic hands for more than 100 years until Mulvaney's 2010 victory. He said he called Norman Tuesday night to congratulate him on his victory.

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9:05 p.m.

Republican Ralph Norman has won a special election to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, who resigned to work for President Donald Trump's administration.

The millionaire real estate developer won Tuesday's special election over Democrat Archie Parnell in the 5th District, which stretches north from Columbia toward the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Norman, a former state lawmaker, ran a campaign aligning himself with President Donald Trump, who won this district in November by more than 18 percentage points. He emerged as the top vote-getter from a seven-way GOP primary and defeated state lawmaker Tommy Pope by just more than 200 votes in a runoff.

Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs tax adviser, had argued he was best suited to represent the district, which was in Democratic hands for more than 100 years until Mulvaney's 2010 victory.

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8 p.m.

Polls have closed in the race to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.

Results began to trickle in Tuesday evening after voters cast ballots in the special election to fill the seat vacated by President Donald Trump's new White House budget director.

Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell are competing in the race, along with three third-party contenders.

Democrats held the seat for more than 100 years before Mulvaney's 2010 victory. But Republicans say the area's strong preference for Trump in the 2016 presidential election will ensure their success in this House race.

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8:25 a.m.

South Carolina's special election to determine who will succeed Mick Mulvaney in Congress has garnered far less national attention than the race in Georgia's 6th District.

The race on Tuesday in Georgia is seen as an early test for the Trump administration.

In South Carolina's 5th Congressional District, the contest between millionaire developer Ralph Norman and former Goldman Sachs tax adviser Archie Parnell has attracted big-name backers on both sides but nonetheless remained comparatively low-key.

Democrats held the seat for more than 100 years until Mulvaney defeated longtime incumbent John Spratt in 2010. Norman has aligned himself with Trump, while Parnell has argued he best represents the viewpoints of the sprawling district.

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