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South Carolina elects first full-term black senator in South since Reconstruction

Another election for the history books.


Samantha Grasso


Published Nov 8, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:13 pm CDT

In a series of historic firsts during this election cycle, South Carolina has elected the first black senator for a full term since Reconstruction.

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Dallas Morning News reported that Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has been elected for a full six-year term. 

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Scott originally assumed office in January 2013 after being appointed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve a partial term after Sen. Jim DeMint resigned in 2012. He then won the election to finish out DeMint’s term in 2014.

So yes, Scott is both the first black senator elected for a full term as well as the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction in general. It’s a little bit of history in an historic election.

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2016, 11:50 pm CST