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SOUTH CAROLINA: Rep. Tim Scott To Replace GOP Senator Jim DeMint

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will tap freshman Tea Party Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, three Republican officials familiar with the process confirmed to The New York Times the decision to select Mr. Scott. Aides to the governor declined to comment before the noon announcement. Ms. Haley seriously considered a number of potential contenders, particularly Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former Gov. Mark Sanford, who supported Ms. Haley in her race two years ago. But in choosing Mr. Scott, she selected a lawmaker with a strong conservative voting record during his two years in Congress. Additionally, Mr. Scott, 47, offers a unique story and background, one that is in scant supply in the Republican Party right now. Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner took him on as a protégé and schooled him in conservative principles.
Bolding is mine. Scott will become the first black Senator from the South in over a century.

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