Seat Filled of Slain South Carolina State Senator

Clementa Pinckney
A Nov. 22, 2010 photo shows the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney, a Ridgeland Democrat and pastor at Mother Emanuel AME Church, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in the mass shooting at the church. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Walterboro attorney Margie Bright Matthews has been elected to fill the state Senate seat of Clementa Pinckney, who was slain in the Charleston church shootings earlier this year.

Results from the South Carolina Election Commission show that Matthews gathered almost 90 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s balloting in Senate District 45. She defeated Republican Al Fernandez, a small businessman and minister.

The district includes parts of six Lowcountry counties reaching from Charleston to Jasper County.

Matthews’ election means there will be two women in the Senate. The other is Republican Katrina Shealy of Lexington.

Pinckney was one of nine people shot and killed in June at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

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