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Tim Scott's blowout primary victory shatters left's racism narrative

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., wins primary victory with 90 percent of the vote.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., wins primary victory with 90 percent of the vote.
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Liberals like to claim that all conservatives are racists, but Tuesday's blowout victory for Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who won with 90 percent of the vote, would seem to shatter that myth. Conservatives took to Twitter to celebrate while slamming leftists who routinely use the race card.

"I think the real feel good story last night was how the racist Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Tim Scott," one person tweeted Wednesday morning.

"Perhaps I'm missing something, the [RACIST Tea Party] voted for Sen. Tim Scott, a black man, w/90% support but fired its white Party leader!" added a Twitter user using the handle "Black Republican."

"If we're so damn racist, how does a black man win 90% of the vote in South Carolina?" another person asked.

Not only did Scott win big, he received about 60,000 more votes than Lindsey Graham, who won his primary challenge against six other candidates.

Scott, who was appointed to the Senate after the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has been subjected to plenty of racist attacks by leftists and the media, as a post at the Washington Examiner observed in December 2012.

Gregory Kane cited the example of an op-ed penned by Adolph L. Reed Jr., a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who wrote a piece Kane said "was about as close to an ad hominem attack as they come."

Reed, Kane said, shied away from the usual attacks, but called Scott a "cynical token."

"In Reedworld -- and the world of liberals, black and white -- all black Republicans these days are 'tokens.' And I'm not misquoting the man," Kane wrote. He went on to say Reed's real problem has "more to do with the fact that such appointments show Democrats to be the lying liars they are when they claim the Republican Party is racist."

NBC's Luke Russert also saw Scott's appointment as an excuse to use the now well-worn race card in December 2012. Liberals on Twitter also used the appointment to hurl racial epithets at Scott.

As we reported in May, a Bloomberg article said Scott's success is the result of Republicans lowering the bar for black candidates rather than his own hard work and positions on issues. According to Francis Wilkinson, "Scott benefits from a widespread recognition among Tea Partyers and conservatives in general that a high-profile black conservative is a thing most rare and precious."

"The act of supporting a black conservative is both an absolution for the past and a shield for the present and future," he added.

Scott now faces Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson. According to the Associated Press, Dickerson is also black, setting the stage for the first-ever U.S. Senate general election between two black candidates in South Carolina.

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