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Sen. Tim Scott, one of the country’s most prominent Black Republicans, will formally kick off his presidential campaign with a speech Monday in North Charleston, S.C., that comes after months of laying the groundwork for a pitch that stands apart from some others in the race.
Scott’s betting that an emphasis on his personal story, his Christian faith and a more optimistic message than some rivals, combined with significant campaign cash, will be enough to carry him to the Republican nomination. But he begins polling in the single digits against much better-known competitors. National surveys have former president Donald Trump with a wide lead, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also slated to enter the race this week.
Scott will launch his campaign at Charleston Southern University, his alma mater, with some high-profile Republican support. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) will lead the opening prayer, according to a person familiar with the matter,…
This article was written by Marianne LeVine and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com