South Carolina special primary yields no winner, runoff on May 16

Two other Special Elections upcoming

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

South Carolina Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope

South Carolina Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope

A special primary election was held in South Carolina’s fifth congressional district yesterday to replace pro-life Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), now the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

However, since no candidate received 50% in the Republican primary, a primary runoff to determine the GOP nominee will be held on May 16, between House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope (R) and state Rep. Ralph Norman (R). Both candidates are pro-life.

Attorney Archie Parnell is the Democrat’s candidate. His position on abortion is unknown. The winner of the Republican primary runoff will face Parnell in the special general election on June 20.

South Carolina State Rep. Ralph Norman

South Carolina State Rep. Ralph Norman

In addition to South Carolina, there are two special elections still to come: Georgia 6 and Montana at-large. These vacancies were created when President Trump chose sitting congressmen to fill positions in his cabinet.

Last month we celebrated a win in Kansas’ fourth congressional district. Pro-life Ron Estes (R), who was endorsed by National Right to Life, won a special election to fill the seat of pro-life Rep. Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s new CIA director.

Following is an overview of the upcoming special elections in Montana and Georgia.

Montana (May 25)

On May 25, another pro-life/pro-abortion contest will be held in Montana. This time the special election will be to fill the at-large seat formerly held by pro-life Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), who is now director of the Department of the Interior.

Greg Gianforte (R), who is pro-life and has been endorsed by National Right to Life, will face musician Rob Quist (D), who supports unlimited abortion.

Georgia (June 20)

National Right to Life endorsed Karen Handel (R) following the April 18 special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district to replace Rep. Tom Price. Mr. Price is now the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Eighteen candidates vied for Price’s vacant seat. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff will be held on June 20, between the top two: Handel, who is pro-life, and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who supports a policy of abortion on demand, and supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion.

Look for election updates in future editions of National Right to Life News Today.