With 1 year in Senate, Scott in 1st statewide race

By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - After more than a year in the U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Tim Scott will soon be in his first statewide race.

Gov. Nikki Haley picked Scott as a replacement when Jim DeMint left the Senate in 2013. Before that, Scott had served about two years in the U.S. House and stints in the South Carolina Legislature and on Charleston's County Council.

Scott faces one challenger in the June GOP primary, but that man has no known address or working phone number. Three Democrats are facing off for the chance to oust Scott. Should he win the GOP primary, he'll also face an American Party candidate in November.

Scott had $3.7 million cash on-hand in recent campaign filings. None of his challengers showed any money in the bank.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.