South Carolina voters have elected the first black Republican to Congress from the Deep South since the 1800s.
State Rep. Tim Scott on Tuesday easily defeated the Democratic candidate and five minor-party candidates to win the seat left vacant by the retirement of Republican Rep. Henry Brown.
The 45-year-old Scott will be America’s first black Republican congressman since Oklahoma’s J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
The district reaches through the city where the Civil War began and north along the coast to the Myrtle Beach area.
Scott swamped his opponents in fundraising. The conservative businessman also picked up the endorsements of tea party groups and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.