20% of SC Voters Want Colbert to Replace DeMint
But Gov. Nikki Haley may be leaning toward Rep. Tim Scott
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2012 1:44 PM CST
In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, Stephen Colbert presents an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Gov. Nikki Haley may not be into the idea, but her fellow South Carolinians really want to see Stephen Colbert replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. A Public Policy Poll finds that 20% of voters have the Comedy Central host at the top of their wish list, followed by Tim Scott (15%), Trey Gowdy (14%), and Jenny Sanford (11%). Mark Sanford even made it on 8% of the wish lists, even though just 30% of voters have a good opinion of him two years after he left office. But 44% of voters like Jenny Sanford, and if Colbert really is out of the running, she tops the DeMint replacement wish lists at 17%.

Haley may want to reconsider her stance on Colbert, since choosing him could boost her popularity—right now her approval rating is just 42%, making her one of the country's least popular governors. But so far, the only clue she's given as to whom she'll appoint is that it won't be a "placeholder" who agrees not to run for re-election, Politico reports. In a statement today, Haley said she doesn't want to undermine the effectiveness of DeMint's replacement, and thinks the state "will be best served by a US Senator who will work hard day in and day out." That could signal Scott as her likely choice, Politico notes.

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Dec 12, 2012 8:39 AM CST
Of all the choices to appoint to the senate Colbert shouldn't even be on the list. There are many solid conservatives from which to choose. We don't want to replace a great senator like DeMint with a person who will cave to every demand of the liberal left now controlling the senate. They don't know how to balance a budget. People like DeMint understand that increasing taxes alone won't get us away from the impending fiscal collapse, but that current spending must be cut and no new spending approved w/o first bringing down the debt.
Dec 10, 2012 5:18 PM CST
While she could, is there any chance she'll name herself, thus negating her negative rating as Governor and providing a new start in the Senate?
Dec 10, 2012 4:59 PM CST
Unfortunately for Mr. Colbert, Fortunately for the people of SC, this decision is not up to a popular vote. Entirely up to Governor Haley. If they don't like her choice, 2014 will be here soon enough.