South Carolina governor expected to name Rep. Scott as DeMint’s successor

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to name Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement for outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, Fox News has learned.

Haley is slated to announce her decision at noon on Monday at the Statehouse. Scott was elected to Congress in the 2010 Republican wave. Haley’s selection would make him the first black U.S. senator from South Carolina.

State law gives the Republican governor sole authority to pick DeMint’s successor. DeMint, considered an ideological godfather of the tea party movement, announced less than two weeks ago that he would resign Jan. 1 to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation, a national conservative think tank.

Haley’s appointee will fill the seat until 2014, when voters will choose who will fill the remaining two years of DeMint’s term.

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