South Carolina: GOP Hopes to Have Spratt’s Number in 2010

Posted October 5, 2009 at 6:19pm

State Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R) is mulling a challenge to veteran Rep. John Spratt (D) in 2010, according to a report in the Rock Hill Herald.

Mulvaney, viewed as an up-and-comer in the state GOP, will make an announcement soon, a local county GOP chairman told the newspaper.

Spratt, a 14-term incumbent and chairman of the Budget Committee, represents a conservative Upcountry district that favors Republicans nationally even though he has won re-election with relative ease over his Congressional career.

Republicans last attempted to target Spratt in 2004, when wealthy state Sen. Ralph Norman spent more than $1 million of his personal money but garnered only 43 percent of the vote.