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Haley Won't Put "Placeholder" in DeMint's Seat


Senator Jim DeMint.(Chet Susslin)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley keeps narrowing the options on who she'll appoint to Sen. Jim DeMint's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat. Last week, she ruled out appointing herself. And Monday, she ruled out putting a "placeholder" in the seat.

"As I continue to consider the impending U.S. Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a 'placeholder' appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014," said Haley in a statement. "While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it."

Haley continued that she doesn't want to tie the next senator's hands regarding a future run, and did not want their effectiveness in the Senate impaired by the fact that they will certainly be leaving in two years.

Pajamas Media had reported over the weekend that Haley was "almost certain" to appoint former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, who would have potentially served as a placeholder. But given Haley's statement, expect buzz to ramp up even more around her appointing GOP Rep. Tim Scott to the seat.

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