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US Senator Tim Scott wins full term in S. Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has easily won his first full term representing South Carolina.

Scott had just been elected to a second term in the U.S. House in 2012 when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to take over for Sen. Jim DeMint, who left the chamber to head up the Heritage Foundation.

At that point, Scott became the first African-American U.S. senator from the South since just after the Civil War.

In 2014, Scott was elected to the remaining two years of DeMint's term. In doing so, he also became the first black to win a statewide race in South Carolina since the Reconstruction era.

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