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LIVE RESULTS: South Carolina's 5th Congressional District election

Voters in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District are going to the polls

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Voters in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District are going to the polls to pick a Republican candidate for the seat given up when Rep. Mick Mulvaney became White House Budget director.

A state representative and a former state representative are seeking the GOP nomination for the seat Tuesday.
House Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope of York led the May 2 primary involving seven Republican candidates.

He faces Rock Hill developer Ralph Norman, who trailed Pope by less than 1 percentage point. Norman resigned to focus on the campaign.

The winner will face Democrat Archie Parnell in the June 20 special election. Powell is a former staff attorney for the House Ways & Means Committee.

The district covers 11 mostly rural counties except for York County, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Both Pope and Norman voiced support for some of President Donald Trump's policies in TV ads and campaign planks, including a border wall with Mexico and efforts to loosen regulations on businesses. Both also pledged to get rid of President Barack Obama's health care law.

The main difference is their backers. Pope, an attorney from York and the No. 2 in South Carolina's House, has the support of several high-profile state Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of law enforcement leaders, including fellow former prosecutor U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Norman, a real estate developer, former state House member and major backer of former Gov. Nikki Haley, counts on support from the party's right flank, including the Club For Growth's political arm; Jim DeMint, a former U.S. senator from South Carolina and a former director of the Heritage Foundation; and Cruz.

Any hint of working with centrists is precisely what one Norman supporter doesn't want in Congress.

"You can work with the far left, you can work with the far right, but you can't work with the middle because you don't know how they are going to vote," voter Margarett Blackwell told The Associated Press Monday, quoting advice she said she got from Mulvaney himself.

Mike Barrow, a 71-year-old Army veteran, said he supports Pope because Norman's endorsements from Washington personalities like Cruz and DeMint go against his desire to be represented by outsiders.

Follow the latest S.C. election night developments below (polls close at 7 p.m.):

 

 

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