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Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney is likely heading back to Washington, D.C., for a second term to representing U.S. House District 5.
Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, was well ahead of first-time Democratic challenger Joyce Knott as of press time Tuesday with 55.37 percent of the vote at 65,548 to 48,514.
Lancaster County voters also approved of their local congressman with 17,936 of the county’s voting for Mulvaney versus 10,984 who voted for Knott.
Whereas his 2010 campaign focused largely on healthcare, Mulvaney’s focus during this year’s campaign was on what he called the three interwoven issues of jobs, the economy and debt.
Mulvaney was not available for comment by press time.
Mulvaney, then Lancaster County’s S.C. House District 16 representative, defeated 12-term U.S. House District 5 Congressman John Spratt in 2010. His election made Mulvaney the first U.S. congressman from Lancaster County since the 1950s and the first Republican to hold the seat in more than 100 years.
The 5th Congressional District includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties, as well as parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties.
Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151