AP: Sen. Tim Scott wins GOP primary

The Associated Press reports US Sen. Tim Scott wins GOP primary; could become 1st elected black senator in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has easily won the Republican primary in South Carolina.

Early returns Tuesday showed the 48-year-old Scott with more than 90 percent of the vote over challenger Randall Young.

Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate, took office in 2013 and had yet to face a statewide election. He previously served one term in the U.S. House and gained instant attention as one of only two black U.S. senators and the only black Republican in that chamber.

Young did no campaigning after filing as a candidate.

Scott moves on to face the winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary, as well as American Party candidate Jill Bossi, in the November election.

SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore issued this statement following Scott's victory

"Senator Tim Scott is an incredible public servant and Iâ??m proud of South Carolina Republicans for choosing him. His focus on educational choice and economic opportunity is resonating with South Carolinians of every background. Our party stands strong and united behind him in this Novemberâ??s general election," said Moore.