Republicans in Charleston and Dorchester counties weren’t wasting their time when they turned out Tuesday to vote in the S.C. Senate 41 runoff, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled.
The court refused to reconsider a case on appeal from former Charleston County Democratic Chair George Tempel seeking to have the special primary election set aside.
Former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond won Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff against incumbent Sen. Walter Hundley.
Tempel won part of his case, as a Circuit Judge ruled Thurmond ineligible for not filing proper ethics forms — the same violation that knocked more than 200 state and local candidates off this year’s ballots. However, the judge also allowed Republicans to hold a new primary, since Thurmond had been certified as the June 12 primary winner.
Thurmond is scheduled to run against Democrat and former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler on Nov. 6 — if Thurmond survives his final remaining legal hurdle.
A voter represented by S.C. Democratic Chair and Columbia lawyer Dick Harpootlian, has filed a federal lawsuit, arguing the special District 41 primary should have been precleared by the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act.
A panel of three federal judges is scheduled to hear that case in Charleston on Oct. 16.
District 41 includes parts of James Island, West Ashley, North Charleston and Summerville.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.