Park Gillespie forced out of South Carolina Congressional race

American Candidate winner Park Gillespie is dropping out of the race for a seat in the House of Representatives long before the primary election because the Republican Party is supporting his opponent.

The chair of the South Carolina GOP, Katon Dawson, said that Republicans are facing “a longtime, entrenched incumbent. We saw an opportunity to take that seat, and we heavily recruited Ralph Norman. It’s very hard, when I shake your hand, when I ask you to interrupt your life for a year and say, ‘Let’s go take a chance,’ it’s hard to not support that candidate.”

In other words, they told Park, who decided to run last fall, to take a walk because they didn’t think he could win. Both Dick Cheney and Karl Rove have helped Park’s Republican opponent raise money. “They think money is the only thing. He can self-fund his own campaign,” Park told the newspaper.

Gillespie pulling out of 5th District race [The State]

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