US Senator Tim Scott has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for president and become the first Black Republican, according to the documents.
Since forming a presidential exploratory committee in April, the 57-year-old has been widely expected to enter the race. On Monday, he plans to have his official launch in his hometown of North Charleston, South Carolina.
He has spent the past few months traveling to the states that are thought to be essential for taking an early lead in the Republican primary race. While there, he has emphasized his Christian religion and the conservative principles he learned as a child growing up in a low-income, one-parent home.
Aside from that, he has highlighted his distinctive viewpoint as the sole African American on the Republican side of the US Senate.
Families in America are in desperate need of hope. We must have faith in God. He tweeted on Thursday, “Faith in God, faith in each other, and faith in America.
Scott joins a growing field in an effort to catch front-runner Donald Trump, but he has an uphill battle given that most current polling places him at about 2%, 54 points behind the president-elect on average.
Other contenders include former South Carolina governor and Trump’s first ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, former governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, software entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and talk radio host Larry Elder, who is the first African American to enter the contest.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is anticipated to announce his own presidential run next week, is Trump’s main challenger.
Scott, who is regarded as one of the most effective fundraisers in the Senate, announced last month that he had $22 million in his campaign account and had begun a $6 million ad buy in Iowa and New Hampshire.