Washington (CNN) - The chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday that two African-American Republicans elected to Congress last week were welcome to join the group, but one of the new members-elect - Tim Scott of South Carolina - indicated he would decline.
"I grew up in an environment where we were just very much integrated, and life worked out really well," Scott told reporters Tuesday. "I think the best for America is finding a way to fuse all of our communities together and erase all those lines that separate us."
Washington (CNN) - Fresh off a visit to South Carolina that featured fundraisers for the state Republican party and GOP House candidate Tim Scott, Newt Gingrich turned his weekly newsletter into an ode to the key presidential primary state.
Newt praised Scott and Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley, two fresh-faced candidates with unabashedly conservative views, as "signs of profound change."
"Change has come to South Carolina, and it is a story worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians," Gingrich wrote Wednesday in his newsletter, which is distributed by the conservative magazine HumanEvents.com.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - The wild battle for South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial nomination dominated the headlines on Tuesday night, but the election results also set the stage for a congressional runoff election with compelling historical overtones.
In the state's first Congressional district, South Carolina's only African-American lawmaker will face the son of former Sen. Strom Thurmond in a June 22 runoff election.
State Rep. Tim Scott, who had the backing of the anti-tax Club for Growth, won 31 percent of the vote on Tuesday in the crowded, nine-way race to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Brown.
Scott is a state House member from the Charleston area and would be the first black Republican in Congress since Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2003.