Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Tim Scott is the first black senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction

South Carolina's two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, easily won their races, making Scott the first African American to win a Senate election in the South since Reconstruction, as The Weekly Standard notes. Scott was appointed to the seat in 2013 by Gov. Nikki Haley, after then-Sen. Jim DeMint resigned.

Scott will now serve out the remaining two years of DeMint's term, before he will have to defend his seat again in 2016.