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GOP operative: Jim DeMint want Tim Scott

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has told state Republican officials that he wants Rep. Tim Scott to become his successor, according to a South Carolina Republican operative with knowledge of the conversations.

"Jim DeMint has said he wants Tim Scott -- period," the operative said. "The ball is in Governor Haley's court. Does she go with the status quo and appoint Scott? I think it would be hard not to."