The Republican Party is poised to elect its first black Republican congressman from South Carolina in a century. State Rep. Tim Scott handily won yesterday's runoff election in the Palmetto State's First Congressional District.
Scott, also a state lawmaker, hoped to become South Carolina's first black GOP congressman in more than a century. He beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. Sen. and former segregationist Strom Thurmond in the runoff after securing the backing of several Republican leaders in Washington. With 83 percent of precincts counted, he led with 69 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Thurmond. The GOP-leaning district stretches down the Carolina coast and includes Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. If elected to the House, Scott would be the GOP's first black lawmaker since Oklahoma's J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
The Sarah Palin- and Mike Huckabee-endorsed Tea Party conservative is stridently anti-gay. On the candidate's website, Scott boasts: 'Tim Scott believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and opposes gay marriage." The candidate opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Tim Scott also supported the GOP-dominated state legislature's proposal to slash the state's entire HIV/AIDS budget, including funding to the critical AIDS Drug Assistance Program. South Carolina has the 8th highest HIV rate in the nation. New seroconversions in the Carolinas are disproportionately black and young black gay/bisexual men. With friends these ...
"Scott will face Democrat Ben Frasier, who also is black, in November, and is strongly favored to win," adds WCSC. "The district is 72 percent white and has sent a Republican to Congress for three decades."
In related news: State Rep. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, easily won the Republican nomination for governor. If elected, Haley would become the state's first female governor
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