Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina heads to New Hampshire on Friday to assist increase cash for fellow Republicans in a key battleground state the place the GOP goals to flip a Senate and Home seat from blue to crimson within the 2022 midterm elections.
However for Scott, the one Black Republican in the Senate and a rising star within the GOP, the two-day swing by means of the state that for a century has held the primary main within the presidential nominating calendar will spark extra hypothesis about his potential nationwide ambitions.
Scott’s the featured visitor at a New Hampshire Republican State Committee fundraising dinner in Manchester on Friday night time. The next day the senator heads to Harmony to headline a picnic and joint fundraiser for the Merrimack County and Harmony GOP committees.
The senator’s political workforce says that Scott, throughout his New Hampshire swing, will take intention on the huge social spending, human infrastructure and local weather change bundle that congressional Democrats and the Biden White Home try to go. The senator’s additionally anticipated to deal with this week’s negotiations over elevating the nation’s debt restrict, and can highlight the significance of GOP unity within the coverage and political battles forward.
Scott’s turn into a high-profile Republican throughout his tenure within the Senate. He grabbed nationwide consideration earlier this 12 months when he gave a well-received GOP response to President Biden‘s prime time deal with to a joint session of Congress. He additionally led Republicans in unsuccessful negotiations with congressional Democrats on a significant police reform invoice, and he grabbed headlines by hauling in an eye-popping $9.6 million through the April-June second quarter of fundraising for his 2022 Senate reelection.
As of now, Scott’s unlikely to face a difficult reelection subsequent 12 months within the reliably crimson Palmetto State, the place he received his 2016 election by practically 25 factors. Final November, then-President Trump carried the state by 12 factors and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham received reelection by 10 factors regardless of record-breaking fundraising from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who’s now the chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee.
“Tim Scott is a drive,” longtime New Hampshire-based Republican advisor Jim Merrill emphasised.
“His robust fundraising numbers replicate how he has impressed activists and enterprise leaders alike, good for each his reelection subsequent 12 months and for a possible presidential marketing campaign in 2024,” Merrill, a veteran of quite a few GOP presidential campaigns, added.
Scott’s journey to New Hampshire follows a cease this spring in Iowa, the state whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the presidential nominating calendar.
Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann earlier this 12 months advised Fox Information that Scott’s “a person of integrity” and “a person of motion.” And after the senator’s GOP rebuttal speech following Biden’s deal with, New Hampshire GOP chair Steve Stepanek mentioned, “I’m going to be watching Sen. Scott as a result of I believe nice issues are earlier than him.”
Scott has constantly downplayed any speak about a potential 2024 White Home run. The senator advised Fox Information earlier this 12 months that his “solely goal is to be the USA senator for the nice state of South Carolina.” However Scott added that the 2022 race will probably be his final Senate marketing campaign.
The senator’s journeys to Iowa and now New Hampshire are grabbing consideration.
“Clearly anybody who’s going to Iowa or New Hampshire proper now desires to be president. By going now, they’re holding the choice to run open,” longtime Republican strategist Alex Conant mentioned.
“If you wish to run for president, you could be laying the groundwork proper now,” Conant, a veteran of three GOP presidential campaigns, famous. “That doesn’t assure that you may be working for president however because the subject is probably very open and really aggressive, it’s essential to get began early.”