Tim Scott Wins GOP Primary; Could Become First Elected Black Senator in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has easily won the Republican primary in South Carolina.


Early returns Tuesday showed the 48-year-old Scott with more than 90 percent of the vote over challenger Randall Young.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks with representatives from Veterans Affairs offices at at the Charleston County Council Chambers on Friday, June 6, 2014, in North Charleston, S.C. Veterans spoke to Scott and other representatives about the problems they are experiencing at Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/The Post and Courier, Michael Pronzato)

Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate, took office in 2013 and had yet to face a statewide election. He previously served one term in the U.S. House and gained instant attention as one of only two black U.S. senators and the only black Republican in that chamber.

Young did no campaigning after filing as a candidate.

Scott moves on to face the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary, as well as American Party candidate Jill Bossi, in the November election.