South Carolina senator Tim Scott is reportedly taking steps to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, The Hill reports.
It comes as a fellow South Carolina politician, Nikki Haley, officially launches her own presidential run for the White House.
A stringent conservative but also the only Black Republican in the Senate, Scott has worked publicly if unsuccessfully with Democrats on attempts to agree to police reform.
South Carolina has long been one of the most important early primary states. In the past 40 years, the winner of the state’s GOP primary has gone on to win the party’s presidential nomination in every election except one.
For 2024, state political leaders say they expect a truly unpredictable environment, with the state thrust onto center stage. State Republicans are getting ready to choose among two “favorite children,” a former president who has already carried the state in a deeply contested primary and potentially others who look to draw significant interest, NBC News reported.
Former President Donald Trump is also reportedly still popular in the southern state, and it is still to be determined whether that popularity remains cemented.
Scott and Haley will participate in a presidential candidate forum set for next month in South Carolina, another sign that the two popular Palmetto State Republicans are on a track to becoming primary opponents.
Scott and Haley are confirmed to appear at the Palmetto Family Council Vision ‘24 Forum, an event hosted by the conservative public policy foundation, on March 18 in Charleston. Scott will join Haley at the event as speculation swirls around whether he will also jump into the presidential race.
Scott has launched a listening tour ahead of the decision, planning trips to Iowa and South Carolina, two of the earliest states in the Republican nomination process. Haley announced her long-expected campaign on Tuesday, entering a primary that already includes former President Trump.