Thurmond won't run again for 1st District seat

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The man who lost a runoff against Tim Scott in the 2010 Republican primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional; district won't run for the U.S. House seat this time.

State Sen. Paul Thurmond says he thinks he can serve the people better by concentrating on the South Carolina Senate seat he won last year. Thurmond is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Scott will be sworn in as South Carolina's new U.S. senator on Wednesday, replacing Jim DeMint. Primaries for his open U.S. House seat will be held in March, with the election for the seat in May.

Filing is set to begin Jan. 18 and more than a dozen people have expressed interest, including former Gov. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny Sanford.

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