Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for Republicans in Senate District 41 to choose among three candidates hoping to run on Nov. 6.

Former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, incumbent Sen. Walter Hundley and Charleston businessman Wally Burbage will appear on the ballot. If no one gets a majority of the vote, the top two will face off Oct. 2.

The special primary was brought about by recent court rulings, which found that Thurmond was not an eligible candidate when he won the June 12 GOP Senate 41 primary, and that the Republican party could start from scratch and hold a new primary.

The confusing nature of these lawsuits, combined with a likely chance of rain and an unusual late September date, all are expected to keep turnout low.

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Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.