What’s next and possible DeMint successors

  • Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:16 a.m., Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:17 a.m.
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Gov. Nikki Haley will name a successor to fill the next two years of Republican Jim DeMintís vacated Senate term, making it the most closely watched appointment of her career.

Her office has not indicated when the announcement will come. A special statewide election will be held in November 2014 to fill the seatís final two years.

Likely front-runner
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C. The only black Republican in the House is a second-term congressman who is strongly supported by Main Street and tea party Republicans, putting him on same political page as Haley. He already has Senate ambitions.

Safe choice, short-term
Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster. Heís been out of politics since his unsuccessful run for governor in the 2010 GOP primary against Haley, McMaster became a Haley ally soon after dropping out of the race.

Safe choice, big Rolodex
Former House Speaker David Wilkins of Greenville. He led Haleyís gubernatorial transition team and remains visible as chairman of Clemson Universityís Board of Trustees. Wilkins also served as President George W. Bushís ambassador to Canada.

Wild choice, wonít happen
Gov. Nikki Haley. She could resign the governorís job and ask her successor, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, to nominate her. Former Gov. Donald Russell did this in the 1960s. On Thursday, Haley said itís not in the cards.

Up-and-coming choice
Attorney General Alan Wilson. Like Haley, Wilson is a Midlands Republican in the Lexington County style. Heís a son of senior U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

Other members of the stateís congressional delegation. In addition to Scott, South Carolina has five other House Republicans.

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