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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first woman to graduate from The Citadel after the school admitted female cadets has been elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Republican Nancy Mace won 56 percent of the vote in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant seat. Democrat Cindy Boatwright trailed with 43 percent in the Republican-leaning district.

Mace fills the seat left vacant when Jim Merrill resigned last year shortly before pleading guilty to misdemeanor misconduct as part of a Statehouse corruption investigation. The former majority leader was the second House leader convicted in the investigation that began with the 2014 prosecution of longtime House speaker Bobby Harrell.

Mace is a businesswoman from Daniel Island who served as a campaign field director for President Donald Trump.

Boatwright is a mental health counselor from Mount Pleasant.