Washington, United States – US Senator Tim Scott is in the running to become the first black Republican president, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
Scott, 57, who has been widely expected to race for the White House since launching a search committee in April, plans to officially launch his candidacy on Monday in his hometown of North Charleston, South Carolina.
The lawmaker has toured states across the country over the past few months in what was considered key to gaining early momentum in the race for the Republican nomination, emphasizing his Christian faith and conservative values. Learned to grow up in father’s house.
He has also highlighted his perspective as the only black Republican in the US Senate.
“American families are starving for hope. We need to have faith. Faith in God, faith in each other and faith in America,” he said on Twitter on Thursday.
Scott jumps into the race in hopes of closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump, but he faces an uphill task in recent polls, with his support averaging around 2%, the highest among former presidents (2017- 2021). is about 54 points behind.
Other candidates include Trump’s first female ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor; as well as the former governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson; businessman Vivek Ramaswamy; and radio host Larry Elder, the first African-American to enter the race.
Trump’s closest rival is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to launch his own presidential bid next week, intended for 20% of the vote.