A Contrast in Victories

Two elections were won by Republicans last night. Neither went the way people expected.

While everyone was fixated on Georgia last night, there was a near Hindenburg-level catastrophe for conservatives in South Carolina. Republican Ralph Norman nearly suffered defeat at the hands of Democrat Archie Parnell in the 5th District. He only squeaked past by 3 percent – that’s about 2,800 votes. This is a district that former Rep. Mike Mulvaney won by more than 20 points last fall before resigning to become Director of the OMB under Trump. Trump also won this district by a similar amount as Mulvaney and remains more popular in South Carolina than the nation as a whole.