Fourteen Term Congressman John Spratt Defeated in Fifth District
Mick Mulvaney defeated veteran John Spratt in the 5th Congressional District race.
Posted By: Jordan Michael
Republican State Senator "Mick" Mulvaney defeated Democrat John Spratt to take South Carolina's fifth district U.S. house seat Tuesday night. Spratt has served 14 consecutive terms in the house since he was elected in 1982.
Spratt's defeat means U.S. representative James Clyburn of Columbia as the lone Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.
"We really believe you should pick your own doctor," Mulvaney told supporters at a victory rally in Lancaster. "We really do believe private business is the way to create jobs, and we really believe you can't spend money you don't have."
Spratt says the fifth district has become more conservative as it has grown more urban. Spratt argued in the campaign Mulvaney was too far-right for residents in the 14-county district, which dips into the Pee Dee region of the state. He also attacked Mulvaney for his role in a failed Lancaster County development called Edenmoor and Mulvaney's effort to persuade the Landcaster County Council to agree to $30 million in bonds for the venture.
Mulvaney's campaign concentrated on leading Spratt with Democratic leadership that passed health care and the Wall Street bailout. An October poll showed Mulvaney leading Spratt who practiced the old-fashioned style of campaign politics that has served him through three decades.