(CNN) – Sen. Tim Scott is passing on throwing his support behind Lindsey Graham, his fellow South Carolina Republican senator, who faces four conservative primary challengers as he runs for re-election next year.
Instead, Scott, who was appointed to the Senate late last year, said he would focus on his own election next year.
"As you three have just heard recently, I am up for re-election next year myself," Scott said, appearing on CNN's “Crossfire” on Wednesday. "I'm going to allow for all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very well. I'm going to continue to work hard for my election."
Pressed by “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones if Scott would give an endorsement to Graham, Scott simply said, "I certainly am going to work very hard for Tim Scott's re-election. Gotta win first."
Scott, a favorite of national grassroots conservatives, was appointed by fellow Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the seat given up by then Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Scott, in next November’s election, is running to serve out the final two years of DeMint’s second term.
Graham, who is running for a third term in the Senate next year, has never been a favorite of South Carolina conservatives.