South Carolina Democrats choose Krystle Matts as the challenger to Tim Scott


South Carolina Democrats elected their challenger for U.S. Senator Tim Scott after a night with primary, runoff, and special elections in seven states.

State Rep. Krystle Matts beat author and activist Catherine Fleming Bruce during a Democratic primary.

With 75% results reported, Ms. Matthews was ahead Ms. Bruce 56% to 44%.

Ms. Matthews will now face a more difficult battle against Mr. Scott (the Senate’s sole Black Republican member). He is still popular among the conservative voters and was elected for his first term as a full-time member of the 2016 Senate with 60% the vote.

Democrats made a vigorous effort to flip a South Carolina U.S. Senate seat in 2020, but Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham defeated Jaime Harrison, now the Democratic National Committee chair, by more than 10 percentage points.

Mr. Scott won his first election to the Senate in 2014, in a special election that filled a vacancy created by Jim DeMint. He left Congress in order to become president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. Mr. Scott beat Democrat Joyce Dickerson in that race 61% to 37%.

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