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Thurmond Wins State Senate Primary in Charleston

6:41 AM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond has won a special Republican primary runoff for a state Senate seat.

Thurmond got 71 percent of the vote Tuesday, defeating Charleston Sen. Walter Hundley.

Hundley was elected earlier this year to complete the term of Charleston Sen. Glenn McConnell, who became lieutenant governor when Ken Ard resigned.

Tuesday's voting was to select a candidate for the November election for a full term. But that special primary has been challenged in federal court, with a hearing scheduled Oct. 16.

The son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond now faces former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler in November if a three-judge panel agrees the special primary runoff was proper.

Thurmond originally was kicked off the ballot because of improper paperwork.

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