Tim Scott, the first black Republican elected to the South Carolina Legislature since reconstruction, called a political audible Monday abandoning his race for lieutenant governor to enter the crowded contest for the state’s first congressional seat. With his entry into the race, Scott becomes the seventh Republican seeking to acquire the seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Congressman Henry Brown, who is retiring.
The roster of GOP candidates for the seat include two famous South Carolina political names Charleston businessman Carroll Campbell III, son of the late Governor Carroll Campbell and Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, son of late U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. Other Republican candidates are Isle of Palms City Councilman Ryan Buckhannon, former Charleston County School Board member and lawyer Larry Kobrovsky, former Brown aide Stovall Witte, and Katherine Jenerette of North Myrtle Beach.
Democratic candidates who have announced are Mount Pleasant commercial pilot Robert Burton, Georgetown businessman Robert Dobbs, and retired accountant Dick Withington of Horry County.