By FITSNews || S.C. Rep. Tim Scott has surged ahead of the competition in a crowded race for the S.C. first congressional district seat, according to a new poll released this week.
The poll – conducted by National Research on behalf of the S.C. Club for Growth – shows Scott receiving 30 percent of the vote compared to 10 percent for Columbia lobbyist Carroll A. “Tumpy” Campbell III and 9 percent apiece for Charleston attorney Paul Thurmond and accountant Clark Parker. Five other contenders were also measuring support in the single digits.
In perhaps the best news for Scott’s campaign, however, the new poll shows him easily outdistancing his top two opponents in a runoff eletion – which would take place on June 22 if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote in the primary election on June 8.
For example, Scott enjoys a commanding 53-28 percent lead over Campbell and a 55-19 percent lead over Thurmond in competing runoff scenarios.
If elected, Scott would become the only African-American Republican in Congress. Campbell, meanwhile, has been a member of a whites-only County Club in Columbia, S.C.
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