COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina voters have sent Republican Tim Scott back to the U.S. Senate, making him the first black candidate to win a statewide race since just after the Civil War.
Scott was declared the winner based on projections from exit poll data.
Scott has served in the U.S. Senate since January 2013, appointed to the post by Go. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned. He has spent his time quietly building support back home and expanding his base from Charleston. His seat will be up for re-election for a full term in 2016.
Scott is also the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.
At his victory party Scott reflected on his historic win.
"For me to be part of history really goes back to a testament to those folks who went before me. I get to stand on their shoulders."
Scott beat Democratic Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, who also is African-American, and Jill Bossi of the upstart American Party.