The Fix: Jim DeMint

Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to Senate

Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to Senate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced Monday that she will appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to the Senate.

Scott will replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who is leaving the chamber in January to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation.

"It is with great pleasure that I am announcing our next U.S. senator to be Congressman Tim Scott," Haley said. "I am strongly convinced that the entire state understands that this is the right U.S. senator for our state and our country."

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Who is the next Jim DeMint?

Who is the next Jim DeMint?

Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) upcoming resignation from the Senate will leave a gap for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill by appointment. His exit will also leave the Senate without its chief conservative/establishment antagonist.

From his Senate seat, DeMint left his mark on the chamber by attacking Democrats, blocking legislation, and even judging some of his own party's proposals to be insufficiently conservative. In the larger world of politics, DeMint used his political orginization to influence Senate races by backing conservative insurgents, a task that irked Republicans looking for the most electable candidates.

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Nikki Haley's short list includes Tim Scott, Jenny Sanford

Nikki Haley's short list includes Tim Scott, Jenny Sanford

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has narrowed her list of potential Senate appointees down to five -- including the state's former first lady Jenny Sanford.

A person close to the process confirms that the five names under "active consideration" are Sanford, Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state attorney general Henry McMaster and Catherine Templeton, the director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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Stephen Colbert pitches himself for Jim DeMint's seat (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert pitches himself for Jim DeMint's seat (VIDEO)

Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) abrupt resignation announcement put the future of his seat in the hands of Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who will appoint a replacement to serve until a special election in 2014.

On his show Thursday night, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, a South Carolina native who previously made an effort to get on the presidential ballot in the state, floated himself as a possibility to fill the vacancy.

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The case for Tim Scott

The case for Tim Scott

The choice of who will replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) for the next two years rests with one person and one person alone: Nikki Haley.

And it's much harder to handicap an appointment than an election.

But when it comes to the choice before Haley, one candidate quickly stands out as making a whole lot of sense to join the upper chamber: Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

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Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint's seat by appointment

Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint's seat by appointment

South Carolina law dictates that resigning Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) seat is to be filled by an appointment -- specifically, one made by Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

DeMint announced Thursday that he will resign in January to become the next head of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Haley's appointment will serve until the next general election, which in South Carolina is in 2014.

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Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin, setting up unlikely alliance

Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin, setting up unlikely alliance

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on Wednesday, giving Akin his first potential big-money endorsement and setting up an unlikely coalition.

DeMint’s endorsement was announced alongside that of former presidential candidate Rick Santorum by Santorum’s Patriot Voices PAC.

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Jim DeMint conducts his own VP search

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has built a political brand for himself in recent years by searching out conservative GOP Senate candidates, is now sticking his nose in the GOP vice presidential search.

DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is hosting a poll on its website asking supporters who they would like to see as the party’s No. 2 on the ticket this fall, using The Fix’s list of the 10 frontrunners in the so-called “veepstakes.”

And at least so far, the results aren’t close.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) speaks in Washington last October. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

With 3,000 votes (and counting) in, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the clear leader with more than 40 percent of the vote, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is second with 23 percent, according to results provided to The Fix.

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