CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Tuesday night was all about Marlon Kimpson.
The Democratic candidate for former state Sen. Robert Ford's seat easily won the special election with 80 percent of the vote.
"This race is really about saving public education, about making sure that people have healthcare and making sure that the jobs that come to the district the people that live here get those jobs," said Kimpson earlier in the day.
Kimpson was facing Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton and Republican candidate Billy Shuman.
As results came in Tuesday night, Democrats on Twitter congratulated Kimpson on the win. The state Democratic caucus offered congratulations and said they looked forward to working with Kimpson.
Leon Stavrinakis said Charleston "has a great new senator."
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison released this statement congratulating democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson on winning the special election in Senate District 42.
"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."
Kimpson won Tuesday night after facing a primary and then a runoff against Maurice Washington.
Ford stepped down during an ethics investigation citing health problems.