COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two women are in a Democratic primary runoff Tuesday to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who said this will be his last term if he is reelected.
Author and preservationist Catherine Fleming Bruce and state Rep. Krystle Matthews finished first and second, respectively, in a June 14 Democratic primary that was fairly evenly divided among the three contenders, all Black women.
Interviewed after that vote, Matthews told The Associated Press that she felt it had been difficult for any one of the three to break out because “people are afraid to pick between three Black women” due to “the climate of America when it comes to racial politics.”
The runoff winner advances to the general election to face Scott, a rising GOP star and the sole Black Republican in the Senate. Scott…