Black Republican wins S. Carolina seat, first since 1877

When Tim Scott slides into his chair in the South Carolina House chambers in January, he'll become the first black Republican to do so since Reconstruction ended in 1877.

Scott outmuscled two fellow Republicans in Tuesday's primary to earn the right to represent the people of House District 117, which includes Berkeley and Charleston counties. He faces no Democratic opposition in the fall.

His ascension puts South Carolina on par with Georgia, the only other Deep South state with black Republicans in the state legislature. And Scott could be joined by two more black GOP members in the fall if candidates Naomi Adams of Green Pond and Marvin Rogers of Rock Hill beat their Democratic challengers in November.

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