Ralph Norman campaigns in Rock Hill, S.C., on May 15. He won a special election Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Archie Parnell for a seat in the House of Representatives. Photo by Bolivarailana/Wikimedia Commons
June 21 (UPI) -- Republican Ralph Norman won the special election in South Carolina's 5th District to replace Mick Mulvaney.
On Tuesday, Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in the congressional race by 51 percent to 48 percent. He won the seat vacated by Mulvaney, who was named budget director in the administration of President Donald Trump.
The contest received fewer contributions and less national interest than Georgia's 6th District congressional race, won by Republican Karen Handel, because Norman's victory was expected. The margin of victory, though, was a surprise, Roll Call said. In November, Mulvaney won the district by 20 percentage points over Democrat Fran Pearson; Trump won the district in his presidential campaign by 19 points.
In Norman, Trump has a solid supporter.
"[Trump] is one of those who doesn't give out blank checks," Norman said of Trump on Saturday.
Referring to Trump's executive order to ban people traveling to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries, Norman commented, "He's right on that, absolutely."
Norman, during his campaign, supported the House bill to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. He said he would consider shutting down the government to stop a vote on raising the federal debt ceiling, and he supports Trump's proposed budget that would eliminate $1.4 trillion in non-defense spending over the next 10 years.
"I firmly believe that with President Trump in the White House, we have such a great opportunity as conservatives. We have conservatives in the House, the Senate and the executive branch," Norman said.