Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), considered the favorite to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), issued a short statement Thursday thanking DeMint for his service and noting that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley "will make the right choice" in choosing a replacement.
I first want to thank Senator DeMint for the tremendous work he has done on behalf of South Carolina and the nation. His commitment to conservative principles leaves a true legacy, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know and work with him over the past two years.
Looking forward, Governor Haley will now appoint a new Senator, and I know she will make the right choice both for South Carolina and the nation.
Haley will appoint a replacement who will then run in a special election in 2014.