SC Governor Nikki Haley To Announce Senator Jim DeMint’s Replacement At Noon – Update – It’s Tim Scott

Earlier this month Senator Jim DeMint announced he will resign from the Senate to work at the Heritage Foundation. South Carolina Nikki Haley will appoint his replacement who will serve until a special election is held in 2014. She is expected to announce the replacement today at noon, according to CNN.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina will announce GOP Sen. Jim DeMint’s successor at noon EST on Monday, her spokesman posted on Twitter. ….

According to a Republican close to the governor, Haley’s shortlist of contenders includes Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney chosen by Haley to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Two of the names on the list – Scott and McMaster – have been circulating since DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate. Scott has emerged as a favorite of national grassroots conservatives, while McMaster would bring an establishment, elder statesman bearing to the seat.

Haley has said she will not consider a “placeholder” senator who would pledge to only hold the office until the special election.

“While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it,” she said in a statement last week.

The day after DeMint’s announced, Haley vowed to pick his immediate successor quickly and choose someone “who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.” (Read More)

Update: The announcement came a little early. Gov. Haley chose Rep. Tim Scott, a strong conservative.