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South Carolina: The rise of Tim Scott

Tomorrow evening, unless something totally unexpected happens, the GOP will end an eight-year dry spell and elect its first black member of Congress since the retirement of Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.). The Post's Amy Gardner looks at Tim Scott, a state representative who, with considerable national support from the Club for Growth and leading Republicans, is set to beat Paul "son of Strom" Thurmond in the primary for the 1st district. The 1st is an overwhelmingly Republican seat where the party's nominee is a lock in November.

It's been a good year for black Republican recruitment. It's been a pretty bad year for them in primaries. Alabama's Les Phillip, North Carolina's Lee Huddleston, Mississippi's Angela McGlowan and Arkansas's Princella Smith are among the candidates who've won national media attention and then crashed on the launchpad.

Unlike them, Scott had experience in elective office, and unlike them he's received real, material support, instead of just endorsements. If he wins tomorrow, expect to hear a lot from him. Note, in this ad, how he uses the phrase "take our country back," with no fear whatsoever of the charges of well-concealed racism that hit other conservatives who use the slogan.

And here's Thurmond's appeal:

By David Weigel  |  June 21, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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