Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) made history last night with his election victory, marking the first time a black candidate has won a statewide race in South Carolina since just after the Civil War.

Scott has been in the Senate since January 2013, appointed to the post by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned. Scott is also the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.

He talked to "Fox and Friends" this morning, touting the racial progress that has taken place in southern states in the last 50 years.

"Voters now vote for people that think like them, have the same values as they do, no matter what they look like," said Scott.

He then reacted to an exit poll that showed 38% of voters believing race relations in the U.S. have gotten worse in the last few years, with 20% saying they have improved and 40% saying there's been no change. 

Scott said he leans to the 38% who believe things have gotten worse, highlighting Democrats' willingness to play the race card in elections. 

"Too often we see our friends on the left using this issue of race as a calling card. Not for the human condition, but for political gain. This is a major problem in our country and it is creating a rift in our nation," said Scott. 

Watch the full interview above.