COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, the South’s first black senator since Reconstruction, has won his first full term.
Scott defeated Democrat Thomas Dixon, a community activist and pastor.
The Senate’s only black Republican, Scott said he would vote for Donald Trump, even as he has characterized some of Trump’s statements and actions as “disgusting,” ”indefensible” and “racially toxic.”
Scott, one of only two black senators, said on the Senate floor this summer that he has repeatedly been pulled over by law enforcement and was once even stopped by a Capitol Police officer who apparently did not believe he was a senator.
Scott, 51, was appointed to the seat in 2013 following the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, then won election to the final two years of that term.