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Democrat Files For “Fightin’ Fifth”




Eviscerated in last fall’s general election, Democrats are nonetheless soldiering on in the South Carolina fifth congressional district (a.k.a. the “Fightin’ Fifth”).

Even though the district is reliably Republican – and went huge for U.S. president Donald Trump in 2016 – the Palmetto State’s perpetual minority party is fielding a candidate in the race.

His name?  Archie Parnell – a tax attorney from Sumter, S.C.

Of interest?  Parnell isn’t adopting the reflexive Democratic apoplexy over the nation’s new leader.  Instead, he’s taking a page out of independent socialist Bernie Sanders‘ playbook – signaling a willingness to work with Trump.

“If President Trump is doing what’s right for South Carolina families, I’ll work with him,”  Parnell said in announcing his candidacy.  “When he’s not, I will fight him tooth and nail. It’s that simple.”

Interesting …

Seven Republican candidates have filed for the seat: Former SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly, social conservative activist Sheri Few, Midlands community advocate Penry Gustafson, businessman and S.C. State Guard leader Tom Mullikin, former S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman (a developer from Rock Hill), S.C. speaker pro tempore Tommy Pope and attorney Kris Wampler.

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