Three Republicans will compete today for the Senate District 41 seat vacated by Glenn McConnell.

The special election is for McConnell’s unexpired term, which runs through the end of this year.

McConnell gave up the seat when he became lieutenant governor.

The candidates are Charleston businessman Wally Burbage, Charleston lawyer Walter Hundley and Citadel educator Sean Pike.

Fair Tax advocate John Steinberger has dropped out of the race, but too late to have his name removed from the ballot.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.