NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tim Scott was declared the winner in the First Congressional District Tuesday night.
Scott, a Republican, took 68 percent of the vote compared to 27 percent from Democrat Ben Frasier.
Scott celebrated with nearly 300 of his supporters at Hilton Garden Inn in North Charleston. He greeted supporters starting by quoting the Bible. He thanked his supporters and campaign manager Joe McKeown.
"It is time for us to find the right track and it starts here, it starts now," Scott said.
He said many people pointed out that he was a black republican, but he said that doesn't matter. "People are more concerned with character of the individual," Scott said. Many supporters cheered.
Scott said he would fight for limited government, against national healthcare reform and return to private sector, and he told supporters he would remind the government, "If you don't have it, don't spend it."
Scott will be the first black Republican elected to Congress since 2003. He has gotten support from those well-known in the party including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
McKeown introduced Scott before he took the stage. He said the campaign team worked very hard for this victory. "They've literally had to put their lives on hold," McKeown said.
Barbara Pulicicchio says she campaigned for Scott for months, making hundreds of phone call, sending emails, and blogging. "I've never admired a candidate like I do Scott, since Kennedy," she said.
Scott faced six challengers including Democrat Ben Frasier, who runs for different offices every year, but has never won an office.
So many people attended Scott's victory party, they were asked to park over at the North Charleston Coliseum where shuttles brought them to the party.