Palmetto Sunrise: Excerpts of Tuesday’s victors

Rep. Kenneth Hodges, D-Green Pond, and Margie Bright Matthews, of Walterboro, will head for a runoff on Sept. 15 for the Senate District 45 seat.

COLUMBIA — In case you missed the late results, Margie Bright Matthews and Rep. Kenneth Hodges are closer to becoming fallen Sen. Clementa Pickney’s successors.

Matthews pulled 37 percent of the vote, while Hodges pulled 35 percent. Both candidates had been the perceived front runners all along.

Here’s a little more of what they said last night, in the order they were reached:

Matthews: “I am very excited about the opportunity to go into this runoff. My whole campaign is elated that we were able to poll such great numbers against a sitting legislator that has been there for 10 years. It tells us a lot that people want a new voice. A strong voice. I’ve been a strong voice for my clients and I’m excited about being a strong voice for the people of Senate District 45 of the state Senate.”

“We’re elated. We’re excited about this. We see a lot of potential for September the 15th,” she added.

Hodges: “I anticipated a runoff because we couldn’t see any other way to get beyond 11 of us in the race without the runoff. I’ll look at the numbers in the morning and see exactly where we move from here. I feel confident in moving forward in the race and I think that we can get our people back to the polls, and we’ll pick up some more (votes).”

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