Ethnically diverse election winners in SC

South Carolina - By Trey Paul - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Voters made South Carolina history on Tuesday by nominating the first female to run for governor and the first African American republican to run for Congress.

"I think South Carolina is one of those states that wants change," voter Josh Norman said.

Norman says he thinks it all has to do with President Barack Obama.

"I think that trickles down to states across the United States," Norman commented.

The Associated Press referred to South Carolina as having a "racist legacy," but some say South Carolina has had diversity in leadership roles.

"I don't think a lot of the reputation South Carolina carries is warranted," Coastal Carolina University political professor Doctor Eddie Dyer said.

Dyer says South Carolina was the first state to elect a Jewish candidate to public office.  He feels if the diverse candidates would have been nominees sooner, South Carolina would have voted this way before, if they had the option.

"There are some black people coming to the Republican Party," Dyer said.  "Females are now working their way up in the Republican party."

"South Carolina is finally progressing and it's way of thinking and how they're doing things now," voter Gary Owens said.  "They're not looking at the good ole' boy system anymore. We're looking at what's best for the state."

Dyer says he thinks this will be the setting for a very interesting race in November.

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