The Race is on for District 41

Tinkler and Thurmond cast their ballots (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The race for the senate district 41 seat is an interesting one. It's the seat left vacant by Glenn McConnell when he took over for Lt. Governor Ken Ard who resigned because of ethics violations.The Republican on this ticket is Paul Thurmond.Long lines were steady all day at Stiles Point Elementary and it was no different for the State Senate District 41 candidate Thurmond got to vote around 4:15 p.m. and like everyone else he waited about an hour and a half.It was just another small hurdle for Thurmond to climb, of course he had quite a battle just to get on the ballot as the GOP candidate.Thurmond said he was happy to see people braving the rain and cold to vote, despite the long lines. He talked about the long road his campaign has taken to get to this day."This has been unbelievable. Three primaries, two court battles, but we've stuck it out and I'm very proud of the opportunity to be the Republican nominee and to have a chance to represent District 41," he said.Before voting Thurmond said, if elected, he'd like to focus on lowering taxes to get people back to work as well as finding more options for education.But he also said, if he wins, he looks forward to taking his time to learn the new role of state senator.The{} democrat vying for this seat is Paul Tinkler.The candidate spent his morning in the rain with voters at the Masonic Lodge Temple in West Ashley. He says he took advantage of every chance to make sure voters understood why he is the best candidate. "I've got more experience," he said. "I've been a lawyer for over 30 years. I've been on city council for nine years. I've been a member of this community for well over three decades and I'm pushing for ethics reform up in Columbia. I think that is solely needed and I think I'm the man for the job. As the numbers began to roll in with Thurmond in the lead, Tinkler told his supporters he was not giving up.

"I just want to thank all of my supporters first of all, Mayor Riley on down. They've been great, they've given money, they've given time, they've given moral support and I want to say thank you to all my supporters."

Win or lose, Tinkler said he will continue to serve his community and work with his private law practice.

Just before midnight, with 70 percent of precincts reporting, Thurmond was in the lead with 57 percent of the vote.Stay with ABC News 4 for the latest results.