U.S. Sen. Tim Scott made history Tuesday night when South Carolina voters overwhelmingly decided to keep him in the Senate.
Scott received 61 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for Democratic challenger Joyce Dickerson and 2 percent for Jill Bossi of the American Party.
Scott’s victory made him the first African-American from South Carolina to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first from any Southern state since Reconstruction. He will serve the remaining two years of former Senator Jim DeMint’s term. Although an incumbent, Scott had been appointed to his current post by Gov. Nikki Haley after DeMint gave up his seat to become president of the Heritage Foundation conservative thinktank.
Scott said that was important for him. “In the last 50 years, perhaps the state with the most progress is South Carolina. Our state has a lot to be proud of,” he told South Carolina Radio Network before Tuesday’s race. “Our voters and our constituents now judge people based on their issues and their values, and not on their color.”
Scott will have to run again in 2016 to be reelected to a full term.
Jeremy Urso filed this report