By JEFFREY COLLINS
ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Eight months after being appointed a U.S. senator, Tim Scott has finished his goal of visiting all 46 counties in South Carolina.
He has quickly and quietly firmed up a position as 1 of the most powerful Republicans in the state. Politicians from the governor down to the local level want to be seen with him.
Scott completed the goal of visiting every county last week with a trip to Abbeville. The visits have helped the Charleston native create a valuable network.
While fellow senator Lindsey Graham has three primary challengers for a third-full term, no Republican has announced to run against Scott. He faces election in 2014 for the last two years of Jim DeMint's term.