Sen. Tim Scott defeated Democratic state Rep. Krystle Matthews to represent South Carolina in the US Senate.
Scott, the first Black senator from the South since Reconstruction, had an enormous fundraising advantage over Matthews.
Scott's name is routinely mentioned among those who could run for president, or be considered for VP, in 2024.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott came out on top against Democrat Krystle Matthews in South Carolina to represent the state in the US Senate.
South Carolina's Senate race candidates
Scott joined the US Senate in 2013 and ran for another term to represent South Carolina in the US Senate. He was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve the remainder of Sen. Jim DeMint's term after he stepped down to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
He serves on several Senate Committees, including Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Prior to being elected to the US Senate, Scott served on the Charleston City Council, the South Carolina House of Representatives, and represented South Carolina's 1st Congressional District in the US House.
Matthews, Scott's challenger, was elected in 2018 to represent Berkeley and Charleston counties in the South Carolina House of Representatives. She ran for two seats this midterm cycle: US Senate and state house.
South Carolina's voting history
The state voted for then-President Donald Trump over Joe Biden by a margin of 12 percentage points in the 2020 election. South Carolina has voted Republican candidate since 1964, except in 1976 when it voted for fellow southerner Jimmy Carter.
The money race
According to OpenSecrets, Scott raised $49.3 million, spent $31.8 million, and had $21.4 million cash on hand, as of October 19. His challenger, Matthews, raised $136,208, spent $89,183, and had $17,792 cash on hand, as of October 19.
As of late October, a dozen super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits, and other non-candidate groups combined to spend about $3 million to advocate for or against candidates in this race, including during the race's primary phase. Most of this spending has benefitted Scott.
What experts say
The race between Scott and Matthews was rated as "solid Republican" by Inside Elections, "solid Republican" by The Cook Political Report, and "safe Republican" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
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