South Carolina’s junior senator Tim Scott is projected to easily win reelection Tuesday.
The incumbent Republican had no problem with Democratic challenger Thomas Dixon and two other minor party candidates. The Associated Press called the race in Scott’s favor immediately after polls closed at 7 p.m.
Scott was appointed to the seat in 2013 by Gov. Nikki Haley when Sen. Jim DeMint announced his resignation. Scott served a year in the seat and was handily reelected in 2014 to fulfill the remaining two years left on DeMint’s term.
This will be Scott’s first six-year term in his own right.
Dixon, a Charleston-area community activist, was always considered a longshot candidate against the popular Republican. Scott was the first African-American senator from any Southern state since Reconstruction and the first ever to be elected from South Carolina. A recent Winthrop University poll of likely South Carolina voters found a 52 percent approval rating with just a 21 percent disapproval.
Libertarian candidate Bill Bledsoe and American Party nominee Rebel Scarborough also campaigned for the seat.