COLUMBIA, SC — Likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina overwhelmingly say U.S. Sen. Tim Scott the states first African-American U.S. senator shares their beliefs and those of African-Americans, according to a new Winthrop Poll.
The relationship between S.C. Republican voters and Scott is singular in S.C. political history.
The states GOP voters overwhelmingly are white more than 95 percent and Scott is one of the states few black Republican political leaders.
The assessment of that relationship by S.C. GOP voters, as told to Winthrop pollsters, is complex.
When polled on Scotts job performance, 73 percent said they approve. Only 7 percent disapproved.
Scotts appointment to the Senate is heralded by some Republican leaders as having the potential to broaden the S.C. GOP, drawing black voters to the party.