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SC elects black GOP congressman; 1st since 2003

Nov 2, 2010 10:45:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina voters on Tuesday elected the first black Republican to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction.

State Rep. Tim Scott easily defeated perennial Democratic candidate Ben Frasier and five third-party candidates to win the 1st District seat left vacant by the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Brown.

Scott will be the nation's first black GOP congressman since Oklahoma's J.C. Watts retired in 2003.

The district, once represented by Gov. Mark Sanford, reaches from the sea islands south of Charleston, through the city where the Civil War began and north along the coast to the Myrtle Beach area.

The 45-year-old Scott swamped his opponents in fundraising, spending almost $725,000 during the election cycle to less than $20,000 for his November opponents. The conservative businessman, who owns an insurance agency, picked up the endorsements of tea party groups and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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