November 5th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

Tim Scott first black senator elected in South since Reconstruction

Republicans made history on election night, beyond taking control of the Senate. Voters elected a slate of younger, more diverse Republican candidates that include some major historic firsts.

Among midterm winners many historic firsts

Tim Scott became the first African-American elected to the South from the South since Reconstruction. Mia Love is the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress from any state.

Thirty-year-old Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress from either party. Tom Cotton is the first Iraq War and the first Afghanistan war veteran to be elected to the Senate.

This new tidal wave of Republicans will also include several presidential contenders who bring their own agendas to the Hill.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina says his election was "one of the most remarkable experiences of my life."

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