By Amy Clark Burnes
Sen. Tim Scott has handily won today's Republican primary, the first step in his effort to win his first election as a U.S. Senator.
Early returns showed Scott with more than 90 percent of the vote over challenger Randall Young, according to the Associated Press.
A former congressman, Scott was appointed to the office by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned to head the Heritage Foundation. This was Scott's first statewide election.
Greenville County resident Young did no campaigning after filing as a candidate and remained elusive leading up to today's primary election.
Scott will go on to face the winner of the Democratic primary and American Party candidate Jill Bossi in the November general election.