Paul Thurmond ran for the South Carolina Senate in 2012, to represent the 41st district. The seat was vacated by Glenn F. McConnell, who became Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. In what could only be described as bazarre, Thurmond was the only candidate who was able to fight through the multiple court battles to ensure the people of the 41st District got a choice at the ballot box. Some of the stories and court filings can be found here. Thurmond defeated Walter Hundley, who succeeded McConnell, and Wally Burbage in October, 2012. Thurmond won the general election, defeating Paul Tinkler, a Charleston City Councilman and member of the Democratic Party, on November 6.