Likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina overwhelmingly say U.S. Sen. Tim Scott – the state’s 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 state’s GOP voters overwhelmingly are white – more than 95 percent – and Scott is one of the state’s few black Republican political leaders.
The assessment of that relationship by S.C. GOP voters, as told to Winthrop pollsters, is complex.
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When polled on Scott’s job performance, 73 percent said they approve. Only 7 percent disapproved.
Scott’s 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.