Will U.S. Rep. Tim Scott be Congress’ sole black Republican?
When the 113th Congress convenes in January, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C. could be its only black Republican — yet another sign of that party’s failure to expand its appeal among minority voters.
Scott and Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., were elected in 2010 and became the first black Republicans since former Oklahoma football star and Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
West appeared to lose a close re-election fight but is contesting the results.
The party also had hoped that Mia Love, a black woman now serving as mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, would win her congressional race there, but she trails her Democratic opponent by 2,600 votes.
News reports said she is holding out hope because of about 64,000 absentee and mail-in ballots to be counted Tuesday.
“The fog is still burning off outside,” Scott said of the Nov. 6 results, “but there seems to be a clear and present danger that I will be the only the one left.”
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