(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called former state Attorney General Henry McMaster at 10 p.m. Sunday night to tell him he will not be the pick to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican source told CNN Monday.
McMaster was one of five Republicans on Haley's short list of potential Senate appointees.
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The other short-listers are Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and Department of Health and Environmental Control commissioner Catherine Templeton.
Haley will announce the pick at noon Monday.
Which pick best positions her to be the darling of the GOP as their next VP candidate? She will want to be the "anti-Palin" if she is to pull it off.
I don't think that Demint was ever "in" the Senate. He may have been "at" the Senate and occupied a seat formerly occupied by Senators who toiled for the good of the American people, but he was not there in any meaningful way.