Tim Scott Becomes the South’s First Black Man to Win a Senate Seat by Public Election

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History was made on Tuesday evening, as Senator Tim Scott became the first black senator from the South to be elected to the United States Senate by a popular election.

Sen. Scott, who’s a Republican from South Carolina defeated Democrat Joyce Dickerson in a landslide margin, 62% to 38% with the race being called just four minutes after the polls closed.

Scott became a senator in 2013 after being appointed to fill the vacant seat of Jim DeMint in late 2012, who stepped down to join a Republican think tank.

In our countries rich history, there have only been nine African-Americans that have been elected or appointed to serve in the United States Senate. Of those nine, only three, including Senator Scott, have been from the South.

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