Tonight the Republican voters of South Carolina made history as they voted for Nikki Haley to be the gubernatorial candidate. She will be the first Indian American candidate for governor in South Carolina. And in the first congressional district, GOP voters voted for Tim Scott and he will be the first Black Republican that will be elected to congress come November in this very Republican district.
The numbers for both candidates were not even close.
Mrs. Haley won with 65% of the vote over J. Gresham Barrett.
Mr. Scott's vote total was even stronger than Mrs. Haley's as he garnered 68% of the GOP vote against Paul Thurmond.
Turnout was very low for this runoff election. But the race for governor was really one that was, in a word, disgusting.
The wild accusations against Mrs. Haley included not one, but two accusations of adultery and Mr. Barrett's supporters questioning whether she is really a Christian or not.
The more the mud was slung, the more Mrs. Haley gained support and votes.
In regards to Mr. Scott, there seems to be something fitting that he would be running against Paul Thurmond, son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. It is as if there was a message that this deep, old and new Southern state is about to turn a page in a big way. By nominating Mr. Scott, the voters said goodbye to a checkered past.
And because this is a solid Republican state, these two should easily win their respective offices.
But now is not a time to be complacent. Both candidates will need all the help that they can get.
If you want to help Nikki Haley, here is her website. And Tim Scott's website is here.
The voters of South Carolina will make history on November 2, 2o10. But these candidates can use all of our help.
An amazing night in South Carolina.