U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.

Recent polling, however, shows he faces an uphill battle in the Lone Star State.

In a poll by CWS Research from earlier this month, 0 percent of Republican voters said they would support Scott among other candidates like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Leading the polls is former President Donald Trump with 54 percent and DeSantis with 16 percent.

Other candidates, such as Cruz and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are only garnering single-digit support in the polls. Of those who participated in the poll, 15 percent said they were undecided.

In December 2022, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) stated that Scott should run for president in 2024.

Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, is known for playing a prominent role in negotiating with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on his policing bill.

Scott also received praise for creating his own police reform bill in 2020 in response to the riots sparked by George Floyd’s death. The bill would have increased the requirements for use-of-force reports and encouraged agencies to do away with chokeholds.

The primary election in Texas will be held on March 5, 2024.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.