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State law requires a two-thirds’ vote from both bodies of the General Assembly for any issue regarding the flag, including removal. “What I’m afraid of is that the issue of the flag is diverting attention away from what the important issue is, and that is, again, that it’s an issue of the heart,” Ridgeway said. “I am proud of the way South Carolina has handled the situation in Charleston. I think of all the citizens that have come together, holding hands, praying together and banding together and the camaraderie, and I hope it shows the rest of the nation that we deal with incidents differently than some other places.” While Johnson said he would vote for the flag’s removal during a special session later this summer, Ridgeway said he is currently undecided, and will consider all constituents’ opinions. “I have had people call me and tell me that the flag needs to come down; I have had others call me and tell me that it needs to stay up,” he said. “I represent everyone in District 64, not just me. I’m going to have to vote the way most of the people in District 64 tell me to vote.” “I will just have to wait and see how everyone feels about the issue,” Ridgeway concluded.