In tonight’s elections, Club for Growth shoots for 5-for-5

The Club for Growth has announced its stake in tonight’s South Carolina runoff elections: more than $700,000 to aid candidates in two of the state’s open congressional districts: Tim Scott and Jeff Duncan. If they win the primary runoff, both will likely be seated in Congress. Scott would be the first black Republican congressman since J.C. Watts retired.

The Club has a record of effectiveness in GOP primaries in past years, and it would like to continue its 2010 winning streak:

Should Scott and Duncan win tonight, they would run the Club PAC’s 2010 record to 5-0, following wins by Sharron Angle in Nevada and Tom Graves in Georgia’s 9th district on June 8, and Sen. Bob Bennett’s defeat at the Utah Republican convention last month.

Also tonight: Will Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., survive his runoff, or will he be the next incumbent victim of the 2010 electorate? If he loses, then look for the explanation in his support of climate-change legislation and his vote to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., over his outburst (“YOU LIE!”) at President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress last September.

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