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GOP official: SC Gov Haley to tap Scott for Senate

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2012 at 10:13 am •  Published: December 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington GOP official says South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate.

Scott, a tea party-backed conservative, would be the first black senator in the state's history.

He would take office in January after DeMint resigns to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Scott would face an election in November 2014 should he seek a full term.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement had not yet been made. Haley has scheduled a noon news conference in Columbia, S.C.