Kimpson, Washington to compete in Senate 42 runoff
No candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s democratic primary for state Senate District 42, which means the top two candidates – Marlon Kimpson and Maurice Washington – will participate in the primary runoff on Aug. 27.
Kimpson received 44.4 percent of the vote while Washington received 21.7 percent, according to unofficial results released by the State Election Commission.
Kimpson, a Charleston lawyer, wrote on his website he is “deeply humbled at the support we received today. … we have the right message for the citizens of District 42.”
Washington, who previously served on the Charleston City Council, is the official endorsee of former state Sen. Robert Ford whose seat Washington is vying to fill.
Ford resigned from his position this May following accusations of violating campaign finance laws from the Senate Ethics Committee.
District 42 mostly consists of Charleston County residents, but Dorchester County residents who live in the area between the county line, Dorchester Rd., Ashley Phosphate Rd., and the Southern half of Windsor Hill Plantation community are also a part of the district and have the right to vote.
The unofficial results from the election commission listed 50 votes from Dorchester and 4,742 from Charleston counties.
The winner of the primary runoff will be listed on the Oct. 1 special election ballot alongside Republican candidate Billy Shuman and Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton.