District 42 Senate runoff Tuesday pits Marlon Kimpson, Maurice Washington

Charleston lawyer Marlon Kimpson has a 55-45 lead over former Charleston Charleston City COuncilman Maurice Washington in their runoff for the District 42 Senate seat once held by Robert Ford.

Runoff details

Candidate info

For profiles of the candidates and other coverage of the Senate 42 Democratic primary battle, go to post andcourier.com/senate-42.

Polls Open

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the same places used for the Aug. 13 primary (and last November’s general election. Polling places also may be found at postandcourier.com/senate42-polling).

Voter ID

The state’s new Voter ID requirements will be in effect, so voters should bring either: a driver’s license or ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles; a state voter registration card with a photo; a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.

Those who do not have an ID may vote but first must sign a form stating why they could not get one.

District 42

This Senate district was redrawn two years ago and stretches from some of West Ashley’s oldest neighborhoods to parts of downtown Charleston and up through North Charleston.

To find out if you’re in District 42 and eligible to vote Tuesday, go to scvotes.org and click on the “Voters” and “Check your voter registration” tabs.

Absentee voting

In-person absentee voting will end at 5 p.m. Monday at the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 4367 Headquarters Road, North Charleston. All other absentee ballots must arrive in that office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The polls closed at 7 p.m. after a day of light voting.

Both Kimpson and Washington emerged as the top vote getters in the six-way Aug. 13 primary.

Their brief campaigns have centered on who is best for the district politically: Kimpson, a former state Democratic party official who has the backing of most local Democrats, or Washington, a political figure who has run as a Republican and a Democrat and prides himself on working both sides of the aisle?

Kimpson, a former first vice chairman of the state Democratic Party and former chairman of the State Election Commission, not only has raised far more money than other candidates, but he also won 44 percent of the vote on Aug. 13.

Washington, who received 22 percent on Aug. 13, acknowledged that he had an uphill fight to close that gap, but said Tuesday is a brand new race. He ran closer in absentee voting, trailing Kimpson by 296-350. The other precincts will be added in soon.

Ford resigned in May, as his fellow Senators found that he had violated state ethics laws. Ford said his health was not well enough to fight on, but he has been among Washington’s most prominent backers. Other Democratic lawmakers have lined up behind Kimpson.

Tuesday’s Democratic winner will be the favorite to win the Oct. 1 special election, because the district is solid Democratic turf. About 63 percent of its voters are African American.

The winner will go up against Republican Billy Shuman, a real estate agent, and Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton, a photographer, in the special election.

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