On Tuesday 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.).Â Tim Scott, a state representative who, with considerable national support from the Club for Growth and leading Republicans, is set to beat Paul Thurmond, son of former Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC), in the primary for the Palmetto State’s 1st district. South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District is an overwhelmingly Republican seat where the party’s nominee is a lock in November.
It’s been a good year forÂ 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.