Senator Tim Scott made history on Tuesday night when he became the first black senator from the South to be elected to the United States Senate by a popular election.

Sen. Scott, a Republican from South Carolina and the incumbent in his race, defeated Democrat Joyce Dickerson in a landslide, with the race being called just four minutes after the polls closed.

He became a senator in 2013 after being appointed to fill the seat of Jim DeMint in late 2012, who stepped down to join a Republican think tank, by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Only nine African-Americans have been elected or appointed to serve in the United States Senate.

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