South Carolina senator marks milestone for South

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WASHINGTON — South Carolina elected an African American senator Tuesday and made history in the process.

Republican Tim Scott became the first African American senator to win election in the South since its Reconstruction, according to CNN.

Scott became senator in 2013 after the state’s governor named him to fill the senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint, who resigned in 2012. On Tuesday, Scott defeated Democrat Joyce Dickerson for the seat.

Scott will have to run again in 2016 in order to earn a full six-year term. Tuesday’s election was only to fill the remaining two years of DeMint’s term.

Scott took to Twitter to discuss his race and the progress made in the country.

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