by Paul Bowers
In Tuesday's special election for state Senate District 42, Democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson pulled off a landslide victory, taking nearly 80 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections and Voter Registration.
The election, which was precipitated by Sen. Robert Ford's resignation in May amid an ethics investigation, had a voter turnout of 7,792, or about 12.5 percent of registered voters in the district. Republican Billy Shuman came in a distant second place with 18.9 percent of the vote, followed by Libertarian Alex Thornton with 1.25 percent.
In a press release Tuesday night, S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison congratulated Kimpson on his win, saying:
Marlon Kimpson is a strong and energetic young leader who had dedicated his life to public service — we are thrilled to have him as the newest Democratic Senator in South Carolina. Senator-elect Kimpson will serve SD42 well by working to improve our economy and public education. Marlon's experience with finance and the law will also help him stand up for fiscal responsibility and work across the aisle to get things done. Congratulations to Marlon Kimpson and the people of SD42, we look forward to the great things he will do in the state Senate.