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By Perry Bacon Jr.

Michael Steele was the official head of the Republican Party until late last year, and businessman Herman Cain briefly led in the polls for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

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But the black Republican whose endorsement the remaining GOP presidential candidates truly want belongs to a man who is much less well-known: Tim Scott. The freshman House member from Charleston has credibility with both the GOP’s Tea Party and establishment wings, and a candidate who gets his backing before Saturday’s critical South Carolina primary could get at least a temporary boost in momentum.

Scott seems aware he is having his moment on the national stage and is carefully weighing his options. He has not said if he will back any of the Republicans before Saturday, even as he told CNN this weekend all of the campaigns have courted him.

“This is a very difficult choice because each candidate really represents something that I really like, I believe the country needs,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview on Sunday. “But the question that Senator Graham was talking about is the equation of who matches my values, who can win, and that’s the guy we’ll support.”

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