Democrats will go to the polls Tuesday to choose their candidate to seek the District 42 Senate seat once held by Robert Ford.

The runoff pits Charleston lawyer Marlon Kimpson against former Charleston City Councilman Maurice Washington. The two emerged as the top vote-getters in the six-way Aug. 13 primary.

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.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the same places used for the primary and last November’s general election. Polling places also may be found at