*(Via Business Insider) – Tim Scott, a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, is quickly becoming the favorite to replace South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who announced his resignation from Congress Thursday morning.
CNN’s Peter Hamby first reported that DeMint — who leaves to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank — wants Scott to be his replacement. It’s a choice that makes sense to conservatives as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley prepares to make an appointment.
Whomever Haley appoints will hold the seat until a special election is held in 2014 to pick a permanent replacement to fill DeMint’s seat.
There are a number of reasons Scott looks to be the favorite. His potential appointment would make him the only African-American member of the Senate. He is also described as a bona fide conservative who is viewed favorably by the Tea Party types of his party.
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