Rep. Tim Scott picked to fill South Carolina Senate seat

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) addresses the crowd during the second session of the Republican National Convention in TampaCHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday picked first-term Republican Representative Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim DeMint. Speculation had centered on Scott, 47, as the likely replacement since DeMint announced on December 6 that he was stepping down from the Senate in order to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. When he takes office, Scott, 47, will be the only African-American member of the Senate and the first black senator from the South since the late 1800s. …

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