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GOP reopens filing for Charleston Senate seat

CHARLESTON (AP) — The Republican Party is holding a do-over primary for the state Senate seat long held by Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.

The party is holding another primary after a judge ruled earlier this month that its former nominee, Paul Thurmond, did not properly submit paperwork to be on June ballots.

Circuit Judge Ernest Kinard ruled Thurmond was not an elected official and therefore not exempt from submitting a form when filing his candidacy for the Senate seat. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond is a former member of Charleston County Council.

Kinard called for a special primary to determine the nominee on Nov. 6 ballots for the Charleston County seat.

Candidates can re-file for the seat from noon Tuesday through Sept. 4. The primary will be Sept. 18.

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