District 41 Sen. Walter Hundley said today he will suspend his campaign, apparently paving the way for Republican Paul Thurmond to focus on Nov. 6.

Hundley and Thurmond, a former Charleston County Councilman, ran against each other Tuesday in a special three-way primary.

They defeated Charleston businessman Wally Burbage but were set to meet again in an Oct. 2 run-off.

Hundley won a special July election to fill out the rest of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell’s Senate term, but he also had said he wouldn’t seek a full term, so he surprised some by seeking it.

Hundley said he reached his decision following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the special primary.

“It appears that there is a consensus among Republican Party officials and Mr. Thurmond that he has been qualified to run in the special primary runoff,” Hundley said.

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“The Democrats have caused too much confusion and fighting within the Republican Party up to this time. Therefore, as of today, I am suspending all campaigning for the Republican nomination for Senate District 41. I believe that we must focus our efforts on the November election to keep Senate District 41 a Republican seat.”

Democrat and former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler also is running for the seat on Nov. 6.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.