Thurmond defeats Hundley handily in Dist. 41 primary runoff

Published: Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM EDT
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Paul Thurmond (left) and Walter Hundley.
Paul Thurmond (left) and Walter Hundley.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Paul Thurmond emerged victorious over Walter Hundley in Tuesday's District 41 special primary runoff.

Thurmond defeated Hundley 1,598 to 704 votes in Charleston County, and won Dorchester County with 174 votes to Hundley's 19.

Hundley, a Charleston attorney, recently stopped campaigning, but did not officially withdraw from the race.

Thurmond now faces Democrat and former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler for the race for the former senate seat of current Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell.

However, the results of this special election might not hold, as a three-judge panel will soon hear a federal lawsuit disputing the results of the primary.

The lawsuit claims the SC Supreme Court should have gotten federal approval before putting Paul Thurmond back on the ballot, since that's the requirement for any changes to election law.

Thurmond was originally kicked off the ballot because he did not file all of the proper paperwork.

The hearing is set of Oct. 16.

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