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Black Republican headed for congressional runoff in South Carolina

It's been a bad couple of weeks for the GOP's crop of black candidates, but first-term South Carolina State Rep. Tim Scott has broken the pattern. He easily won a spot in the runoff for the GOP nomination in the 1st district, blowing past political heirs Paul (son of Strom) Thurmond and Carroll (son of, well, Carroll) Campbell.

If Thurmond wins the other run-off spot, where does the GOP establishment's support go? And in the wake of Nikki Haley's surge over a group of candidates with more establishment support, does that even matter? The story of Strom Thurmond's son facing off against a man who could be the first black Republican member of Congress from the South since Reconstruction is just too good to keep national conservatives from looking hard at backing Scott.

By David Weigel  |  June 8, 2010; 10:41 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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