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Marvin Pendarvis

Democrat Marvin Pendarvis breezed to victory in Tuesday's special election to fill the S.C. House District 113 vacancy, making him the new state lawmaker for much of North Charleston.

Pendarvis defeated Republican Theron Sandy to fill the Statehouse opening created when 22-year veteran lawmaker Seth Whipper left this summer to become a county magistrate judge.

"We start working," Pendarvis said Tuesday night. "Come January, a new session starts."

With all precincts reporting, Pendarvis led Sandy with 81 percent of the vote to 19 percent, according to unofficial returns.

The number difference was 1,462 votes to 343.

"Marvin Pendarvis represents a new generation of leadership that is badly needed in Columbia," said Democratic Party Chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan, who called the results an overwhelming victory for the Democrats.

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Both candidates are lawyers. Pendarvis, 28, grew up in North Charleston. Sandy, 40, of Park Circle, ran as a self-described fiscal conservative. But he was a long-shot in the heavily Democratic district that represents parts of Dorchester and Charleston counties.

The bulk of the district lies in and around the city of North Charleston.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551. Follow him on Twitter at @skropf47.

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.