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By FITSNews || S.C. Rep. Tim Scott – the first African-American Republican elected to the South Carolina State House since Reconstruction – crushed the son of former segregationist Strom Thurmond to become the GOP nominee in the Palmetto state’s first congressional district.

If he wins in November, Scott would become the first African-American Republican elected to the U.S. Congress in eight years.

With more than ninety percent of precincts reporting, Scott was leading Thurmond by a whopping 69-31 percent margin.

Of course, Scott’s convincing win was less about race and more about his steadfast commitment to fiscal conservative principles.  In his first full year in the General Assembly, Scott was one of just fifteen lawmakers to earn an “A” grade from the S.C. Club for Growth for his votes to limit government spending and cut taxes.

Incidentally, Scott also served as a campaign chairman for Strom Thurmond on his final political campaign – long after the Senator had disavowed his segregationist past.

Scott was one of nine Republicans who filed in March for this seat, which was held for six years by Gov. Mark Sanford before falling into RINO hands for the last decade.