A black senator has been elected in a state in America's Deep South for the first time in 200 years.
South Carolina voters elected Republican candidate Tim Scott, 49, who is the first black person to serve since 1865 for a southern state and the fifth African-American to ever serve in the Senate.
He succeeds Jim DeMint, who resigned in 2012, and will finish the final two years of his predecessor's six-year term while the House of Representatives takes an unexpected shift to the right.
The mid-term elections have spelled another nail in the coffin for the Obama administration after the Republicans took hold of 52 seats in total, leaving the Democrats with 43.
Scott said that his election was a history-changer and an example for ambitious black Americans as his own grandfather was employed as a young cotton-picker in the US.
In pictures: Midterms 2014
In pictures: Midterms 2014
1/14 Red Oak, Iowa
Voters get an 'I VOTED TODAY' sticker after casting their ballots in Red Oak, Iowa
2/14 Washington, DC
A pollling station in Washington, DC. Most signs point toward President Barack Obama's party suffering crippling election setbacks.
Local resident Marybeth Davenport casts her ballot at a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall
4/14 Red Oak, Iowa
Voters fill in their ballots at the Red Oak Fire Department in Red Oak, Iowa
5/14 Michelle Nunn
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn hugs phone bank volunteers on the eve of the mid-term election at her campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Nunn is in a tight race against Republican opponent David Perdue.
6/14 Get Out the Vote Rally
Democrats hold a "Get Out the Vote Rally" for US Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, who is up for reelection, and other Democratic candidates, at Old Town Alexandria Market Square in Alexandria, Virginia, on the night before midterm elections.
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7/14 Kids Vote
A father helps his son vote in a special "Kids Vote" while Kentucky voters cast their votes at Northside Elementary School in Midway, Kentucky. The "Kids Vote" is designed to encourage children to exercise their right to vote when they reach legal voting age.
8/14 Searsmont, Maine
A handmade sign stuck in a snowbank on a rural road urges citizens to vote in Searsmont, Maine
9/14 Madbury, New Hampshire
Voters cast their ballots at Madbury Town Hall in Madbury, New Hampshire. There is a tight race for a U.S Senate seat between incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
10/14 Albany, New York
Voters fill out their ballots in a gym on election day in Albany, New York
11/14 Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's Second District, jokes with members of the media as he waits in line to vote
12/14 Louisville, Kentucky
Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
13/14 Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell holds his ballot after placing his vote at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
14/14 Alexandria, Virginia
A dog waits for its owner to vote at the polling station in the Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria, Virginia
US midterm results: state by state
He said last night after his election: "To every kid growing up in poverty who thinks fitting in means dumbing down, the answer is no.
"To every single mom who struggles to makes the ends meet who wonders if her efforts are in vain, they are not."
"In America — no in South Carolina — one lifetime, that's all it takes. One lifetime to go from what my grandfather was doing, picking cotton as a kid, to having a grandson in Congress and now the U.S. Senate," he added.
Scott has been a senator since January last year after DeMint's departure, when he was appointed by the state’s governor Nikki Haley, and has been favourite to win.
He will have competition for his seat in 2016 when he is able to run for a full term.
Congress takes power in January and the Republicans will be in charge of both chambers for the first time since elections in 2006.
Republican Lindsey Graham also won a seat for South Carolina and will serve his third term.
Cory Booker, Democrat for New Jersey, is the only other currently sitting black senator since October last year.
Barack Obama was the fifth African-American senator in history from 2005 for Illinois until his rise to President of the US after going head-to-head with Republican John McCain in 2008.Reuse content