Former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond came out on top of Tuesday’s special three-way Senate 41 GOP primary, but he did not get enough votes to avoid an Oct. 2 runoff.

Thurmond received 43 percent of the vote, according to complete, unofficial results, while incumbent Sen. Walter Hundley received 37 percent. They will face off in two weeks.

Charleston businessman Wally Burbage placed third with 20 percent of the vote.

The eventual winner of the special primary could face Democrat Paul Tinkler on Nov. 6.

However, the S.C. Supreme Court still is considering assorted legal appeals in the case, and depending on how it rules, today’s election could be for naught and Republicans might have no candidate on the ballot during the general election.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.