Charleston, SC (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has easily won his first full term representing South Carolina.


Scott had just been elected to a second term in the U.S. House in 2012 when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to take over for Sen. Jim DeMint, who left the chamber to head up the Heritage Foundation.

At that point, Scott became the first African-American U.S. senator from the South since just after the Civil War.

In 2014, Scott was elected to the remaining two years of DeMint's term. In doing so, he also became the first black to win a statewide race in South Carolina since the Reconstruction era.

Scott hopes to redevelop some of the poorest areas of South Carolina without pushing current residents out. This as well as tax reforms are on his agenda in an effort to help our economy and give more school choices to students.

The Senator has continued to voice his support of Donald Trump throughout the election.

Democratic challenger Thomas Dixon ran on a platform focusing on criminal justice reform, background checks for gun sales and expanding the affordable care act. Dixon was also working to create better relationships between police and communities.