Around the South for May 4: SC, KY & TX


South Carolina: GOP runoff in 5th District. State Rep. Tommy Pope with 30.39% and former state Rep. Ralph Norman with 30.09%, led in Tuesday’s Republican Primary to replace US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), now head of the Office of Management and Budget, and will face off in a May 16 runoff.  Pope is a former prosecutor; Norman a real estate developer. Both are from York County. The Democratic Primary was won by retired Wall Street executive Archie Parnell of Sumter County, with 71%. The GOP primary drew 39,156 votes, the Democratic primary had 18,690. The General Election will be held June 20 ……. Kentucky: Paul would cut aid to some universities. US Sen. Rand Paul (R) proposed cutting federal aid to public universities with “one set of speech.” He added, “There’s almost no diversity of thought in the public university realm.” ……. Texas: Thornberry proposing Pentagon purchasing reforms. US Rep. Mac Thornberry (R), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will make proposals to change the way the Defense Department buys major weapons systems, reports The Hill. Thornberry said he wanted to help DOD “run more like a business… you’ll see some ways that we can help.” …….