Norman vs. Parnell, round 2

GOP incumbent battles Democrat challenger for U.S. House District 5

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 11/1/18

The race for the state's 5th Congressional District has become somewhat of a typical Congressional battle in South Carolina - an incumbent Republican battling a Democrat who pledges to work across the aisle.

To continue the state's steady course …

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Norman vs. Parnell, round 2

GOP incumbent battles Democrat challenger for U.S. House District 5

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The race for the state's 5th Congressional District has become somewhat of a typical Congressional battle in South Carolina - an incumbent Republican battling a Democrat who pledges to work across the aisle.

To continue the state's steady course of overall improvements, especially in the urban metropolitan areas, versus potentially redirecting the ship for the betterment for all, including rural South Carolina.

It's U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., against Democratic nominee Archie Parnell. Again.

If those names sound familiar, they should. The Congressional race is a rematch of the June 2017 special election to replace U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., who vacated the seat to become director of the Office of Management and Budget in President Trump's administration.

In that election, Norman narrowly defeated Parnell with 52 percent of the vote. The race was one of the closest congressional races in South Carolina in 20 years.

A Sumter native, Parnell is for the expansion of health care and other Democratic initiatives. But, as a former tax attorney who worked previously as a Congressional staff member as a tax specialist in the days when the two parties actually worked together, he pledges to encourage civility and listening to everyone.

Norman is a staunch Trump supporter who wants to continue the state's steady overall progress.

Norman easily won the June Republican primary, while Parnell weathered revelations of domestic violence from his first marriage 45 years ago to still capture 60 percent of primary votes against three political newcomers.

Parnell has said he takes ownership of his past behavior, has become a better person from it and wants voters to judge him based on the man he is today.

Constitution Party Candidate Michael Chandler rounds out the field.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5

Republican: Ralph Norman (incumbent)

Democrat: Archie Parnell

Constitution: Michael Chandler