U.S. Sen. Tim Scott won the Republican primary in the state of South Carolina earlier this week, meaning he could become the state’s first elected black senator if he wins the general election.
He won the primary easily, with about 90 percent of the vote over opponent Randall Young, who actually did not campaign at all after filing as a candidate. Now, Scott is the favorite to win in November in the staunchly Republican state.
Sen. Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate in 2013. This was his first statewide election since. Prior to this he served one term in the U.S. House and was one of only two black U.S. senators and the only black Republican in that chamber, reports The Huffington Post.
In the general election Scott will face Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, who won the Democratic nomination. Dickerson is also black. So the stage is set for South Carolina’s first-ever U.S. Senate general election between two black candidates. American Party candidate Jill Bossi will also be on the ballot.
According to his website, Scott’s agenda “will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. Senator Scott will work with anyone else committed to building a better future to develop bold ideas that break away from our past failures. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom, expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education, and providing alternatives for single parents to work their 40 hours a week by allowing for wider use of comp time.”