2 Seek Democratic Nomination for Pinckney’s Seat

Clementa Pinckney

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) – Democrats head to the polls to pick a candidate for the state Senate seat left vacant by the shooting death of Sen. Clementa Pinckney at a church in Charleston earlier this year.

Rep. Kenneth Hodges of Green Pond and Walterboro attorney Margie Bright Matthews are the choices for voters in Tuesday’s runoff.

Matthews got 37 percent of the vote Sept. 1. Hodges had 35 percent in a field of 11 candidates.

The winner will face Republican Alberto Fernandez in a special election Oct. 20.

Pinckney represented the Senate district that includes parts of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. He also was pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where he and eight other members were killed in June.

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