Rick Wade
ATLANTA - JULY 24: (EXCLUSIVE) Rick Wade, Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Commerce receives an appreciation plaque from Recording Artist Usher at the closing ceremony for Usher's Camp New Look at the Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Arts Center on July 24, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Usher's New Look)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rick Wade, the former Commerce Department official and national African-American vote director for President Barack Obama, will run for the United States Senate against Tim Scott, a source with direct knowledge of Wade’s plans tells theGrio.

Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, is expected to run for a full term next November.

Wade’s entrance sets up an historic race between two black candidates for statewide, federal office in South Carolina, in which neither man is expected to face a primary challenge.

“The [Democratic] field has been cleared” for Wade, the source said.

Wade, who chaired Obama’s successful South Carolina primary in 2008 against Hillary Clinton, was appointed by the president as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce during Obama’s first term. He now runs a business consulting firm and divides his time between Washington D.C. and his home state.

Wade has hinted at a run since late August. He is expected to announce his candidacy early next month.

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