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Despite Campaigns Based On Origin, Kimpson Beat Contenders On Their Home Turfs
8/21/2013 11:38:04 AM

Marlon Kimpson

By Barney Blakeney 

As many in the community already are aware, voter turnout for the Aug. 13 S.C. Senate Dist. 42 Democratic primary election was surprisingly low. The numbers however, tell why.

There are 62,231 registered voters in Senate Dist. 42. Only 4,772 voters cast ballots. The leading candidates received their strongest support in their native communities.

Charleston attorney, Marlon Kimpson, whose campaign was the most well funded, won nearly all the 58 precincts in the district despite the low voter turnout, even St. Andrews 6 where only one voter cast a ballot.

In St. Andrews precinct 7 no voter cast a ballot. There are 54 registered voters in the precinct. Kimpson received 2,100 votes.

Charleston businessman and former city councilman Maurice Washington came in with the second highest number of votes with 1,030 votes.

Washington received about half as many votes as Kimpson. That also was true as the pair competed in the various precincts. In some downtown Charleston precincts like Charleston 18 at the Rivers Campus, the downtown Charleston native beat Kimpson.

Charleston businesswoman and former S.C. Highway Commissioner Margaret Rush came out of the election a close third behind Washington.

The North Charleston native made her strongest showing at North Charleston precincts and at many, beat out Washington. Rush lead over Washington in most West Ashley St. Andrews precincts as well.

While the theme of home turf - being a native of the area - was consistent throughout the campaigns Kimpson, a Columbia native led the pack of Charlestonians with the natives holding strong second place in their respective native communities.

The run off election between Kimpson and Washington will be Aug. 27. 

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