By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Having handily beaten his GOP challenger, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is poised to focus on his general election campaign, one that will likely make history.
Scott was appointed to the Senate in late 2012 after Jim DeMint resigned. Should he win his November contest, Scott would become the first black senator elected in South Carolina history. He would also be the state's first black candidate elected in a statewide election since Reconstruction.
Scott's singular candidacy aside, the November election itself has historic implications. Scott's Democratic challenger, Richland County Council member Joyce Dickerson, is also black. That means the general election will mark South Carolina's first-ever U.S. Senate contest between two black major-party candidates.
They'll face American Party candidate Jill Bossi, who is white.
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