S.C. voters will elect two U.S. senators Tuesday.
One is poised to make history, according to the polls. The other recently said that if he’s re-elected, he “may just jump in” to presidential politics for 2016.
Republican Tim Scott of Charleston, appointed to the Senate by GOP Gov. Nikki Haley when tea party icon Jim DeMint resigned, is ahead in the polls and thus set to make history.
Scott, a former 1st District congressman, would become the first African-American elected to the Senate from South Carolina and the first elected to statewide office since Reconstruction.
Scott faces Democrat Joyce Dickerson, a Richland County councilwoman, and Jill Bossi, a businesswoman running on the new American Party ticket.
Tuesday’s race likely will be a little closer than the fundraising competition among the three candidates. Scott leads by 20-plus points in the polls, while he raised more than $6 million, compared to $100,000 for his two oppponents combined.
Meanwhile, Republican Lindsey Graham faces Democratic state Sen. Brad Hutto; petition candidate Thomas Ravenel, former state treasurer and now star of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” program; and Libertarian Victor Kocher.
Graham fended off a half-dozen ill-funded, little-known tea party opponents in the June primary. Since then, the race has been so low-key that Graham — leading by 15 or so points, according to the polls — made some waves musing about possibly running for president in an interview with the Weekly Standard.
The state’s seven incumbent congressmen — six Republicans and one Democrat — are expected to win re-election easily, running in gerrymandered districts designed to protect the dominant party.