Palmetto Sunrise: Senate District 45 runoff election

Rep. Kenneth Hodges and Margie Bright Matthews will face off in a runoff for Senate District 45 today.

COLUMBIA — The battle for the seat of Senate District 45 continues today with a runoff scheduled to take place.

Margie Bright Matthews, of Walterboro, and Rep. Kenneth Hodges, D-Green Pond, received the most votes during the Democratic primary on Sept. 1. Matthews led the primary by two percentage points with 37 percent, while Hodges trailed slightly with 35 percent.

Both candidates head into the runoff after questions were raised about their residency. To run for the state Legislature, candidates have to be a resident of the district at the time they file their intention to run, according to state law.

The winner of today’s runoff will take on the sole Republican candidate, Alberto Fernandez, during a special election on Oct. 20.

A general election is also taking place in Horry County, where Russell Fry is running unopposed for the seat of House District 106, which has sat empty since Nelson Hardwick’s resignation in May.

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