CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - Republican Tim Scott has abandoned his race for South Carolina lieutenant governor to seek the state's open 1st District congressional seat.
Scott made a formal announcement of his candidacy Monday in North Charleston.
Scott served 13 years on Charleston County Council and in 2008 became the first black Republican elected to the state legislature since Reconstruction.
He's the seventh Republican seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Henry Brown of Hanahan.
Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, and Carroll Campbell III, the son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, also are seeking the GOP nomination.