Following a day of last-minute campaigning, the candidates joined their family, friends, and supporters to watch the results come in. Thornton held court at the Mellow Mushroom in Avondale and Kimpson's watch party was held at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard.
Kimpson was the favorite to win the race. He defeated Maurice Washington during the Democratic primary run-off late last month. There was no Republican Primary.
The Dist. 42 seat was formerly held by long-time SC Senator Robert Ford, who served in Columbia for 20 years but resigned at the end of May, citing high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues.
At the time, he was the focus of a Senate Ethics Committee probe into campaign finances. The committee found probable cause to support allegations he violated ethics laws and the State Law Enforcement Division is now investigating.
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