South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. (File / WRDW-TV)
Monday, Dec. 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.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)