Credit union-backed candidate Tommy Pope emerged as 1 of 2 candidates headed for a runoff primary election to fill the congressional seat left open by Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s appointment to head the Office of Management and Budget.
Pope will face fellow Republican Ralph Norman in the May 16 runoff, and the winner will face Democrat Archie Parnell in the June 20 general election.
Pope, a state representative, is backed by the Carolinas Credit Union League and CUNA’s political action committee, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC). CULAC supported Pope with a maximum contribution.
"During his time in the South Carolina legislature, he has been a consistent credit union champion, so we’re hoping to see him elected to Congress," said Trey Hawkins, CUNA’s vice president of political affairs.
Pope took 30.39% of the vote, while Norman took 30.09% in the 7-person primary.