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      Special election to decide SC primary

      Walter Hundley (WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One election wasn't enough. A special runoff election will be held Tuesday to decide a hotly contested and debated Senate District 41 race.

      Republican Walter Hundley and Republican Paul Thurmond are vying to replace Glenn McConnell who was forced to resign to take over as S.C. Lt. Governor.

      Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The winner will face Democrat Paul Tinkler in November.

      Meantime, a three-judge panel is set to hear a federal lawsuit that involves the results of an election involving Paul Thurmond.

      A voter sued after the state Supreme Court ruled that Thurmond, who had once been removed from the ballot, could remain in the race.

      Reginald Williams' suit says South Carolina should have sought federal approval before returning former Charleston County councilman Paul Thurmond to the ballot, just as it must for any election law changes.

      Chief Judge William Traxler of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appointed the panel last month, and a hearing is scheduled Oct. 16.

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