Democrats Seek Upset In South Carolina Special Election  6/20/2017 7:21:51 PM 

By Reid J. Epstein, Wall Street Journal

Democrat Archie Parnell is running against Ralph Norman, who narrowly advanced from a GOP primary race

While Georgia’s House special election Tuesday is a test of whether Republicans will cross party lines to support a Democrat, another contest the same day in South Carolina aims to measure a different proposition: Can a white Democrat drive enough black voter turnout to score an upset.

The race is to replace former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who President Donald Trump tapped to serve as his budget director. Archie Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs executive, is running on the Democratic ticket against Republican Ralph Norman, who narrowly advanced from a GOP primary race.

With Mr. Trump’s approval ratings at historic lows and Democrats showing double-digit gains in turnout during two prior unsuccessful House special elections, South Carolina Democrats have spent recent weeks trying to build a machine to turn out the district’s African-American voters.

Black voters represent 28% of the district but typically are a far smaller percentage of the electorate. To win, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison said, black turnout Tuesday must be 35% or more of the electorate.

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