The Republican runoff election held Tuesday, May 16 for the 5th Congressional District resulted in a narrow victory for former S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman against York County lawmaker and credit union-backed candidate Tommy Pope. Only 200 votes separated the two candidates out of some 35,000 votes cast, which means under South Carolina law a mandatory recount is required. As it stands though, the reported results would make Norman the Republican standard-bearer in a June special election to fill South Carolina's vacant congressional seat.
A mandatory recount is required whenever the difference between the number of votes received by the two candidates is less than one percent, unless the candidate waives a recount in writing. The State Election Commission (SEC) will have to officially order the recount after the counties have certified the results.
The SEC is tentatively scheduled to meet on Friday to order the recount and will hold the recount on the same day. The State Board of Canvassers is tentatively scheduled to reconvene on Saturday to certify the results of the recount.