This was an expected victory, given that the district is strongly Republican. With 85% of the precincts reporting, CNN projects that Tim Scott has won the seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Mr. Scott – a Tea Party movement fave – has 65% of the vote, while his Democratic challenger Ben Frasier has 29%.
Congressman-Elect Scott is the first black Republican elected from the Deep South since Rep. George Henry White of North Carolina in 1898. He is the first one elected from his home state, South Carolina, to Congress since Rep. George Murray in 1894.
From The Los Angeles Times: “South Carolina voters on Tuesday elected the first black Republican to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction. State Rep. Tim Scott easily defeated perennial Democratic candidate Ben Frasier and five third-party candidates to win the 1st District seat left vacant by the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Brown. Scott will be the nation’s first black GOP congressman since Oklahoma’s J.C. Watts retired in 2003.”
Congratulations Congressman-Elect Allen West!
Retired Lt. Colonel West Unseats Rep. Ron Klein; Becomes Florida’s 1st Black Republican Congressman Since 1876
Liberals are probably ripping their hair out that this guy – a Tea Party movement favorite – got elected. They are scuuuurred of him. U.S. President Barack Obama campaigned against him. The Democratic-dominant Congressional Black Caucus campaigned against him. The Democratic Party of Florida even “accidentally” released his Social Security number. Yet, he prevailed (in no small part due to raising almost $6 million, as USA’s best-funded congressional challenger).
From SunSentinel.com (Florida): “The national wave of discontent with the Democratic-controlled Congress swept through South Florida on Tuesday, costing Ron Klein his congressional seat and sending Republican Allen West to Congress, where he’s likely to get a quick place on the national stage. In the end, it wasn’t even close. At 11 p.m., challenger West was well ahead of the Democratic incumbent. Just over 20 minutes later, West declared victory. The outcome was obvious much earlier. By 9:45, the West campaign party was so packed that people spilled out into the hallways and lobby at the Boca Raton Marriott. The mood was glum at Klein’s party, where most of the crowd left early.”
It is the first time that two black Republicans have served in the U.S. Congress at the same time since the mid-1990s. And two or more from the South, since the 1870s. He is Florida’s first black Republican Congressman since Josiah Walls in 1876.
Jennifer Carroll Is In A Very Tight Battle. Will She Become Florida’s First Black Lieutenant Governor?
Ms. Carroll is a conservative Republican running for Florida lieutenant governor, on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott. With 89% of the precincts reported, the Scott-Carroll ticket has 49% of the vote, to Democratic ticket Alex Sink-Rod Smith’s 48%. Stay tuned….
If elected, Ms. Carroll would become Florida’s first black lieutenant governor. Ms. Carroll would also become America’s second black female lieutenant governor (the first one was also a black Republican female).
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