Gov. Nikki Haley has selected Rep. Tim Scott to replace South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is going to the Heritage Foundation. The choice is full of firsts — Scott will be the only African-American in the Senate, the first black Republican in the Senate in decades, and only the second since Reconstruction. The one-term congressman immediately becomes a national figure, projecting an image with the potential to help Republicans as they struggle to appeal to minority voters.
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