Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has whittled down the list of people she is considering for Jim DeMint's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat to five people, a Republican close to the governor told CNN on Tuesday.
Her final choices for the seat are Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney chosen by Haley to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Washington (CNN) – After spending the weekend considering replacements for retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will not appoint a "placeholder" senator who will hold the office until a special election is held in 2014.
"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," Haley said in a statement released by her office. "While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it."
Washington (CNN) – On the list of people who might be appointed to fill departing Sen. Jim DeMint's Senate seat, there's Rep. Tim Scott and everyone else.
DeMint announced Thursday he is leaving the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation, a decision that's shaking up carefully plotted lines of succession in South Carolina politics.
Washington (CNN) – At a forum this week focused on recruiting more black Republicans, the message was clear: "We have a sales and marketing problem."
A dozen panelists, including South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, echoed the sentiment: Amplifying the voice of the black conservative movement has been an uphill climb.FULL STORY
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rep. Tim Scott, an influential freshman congressman from South Carolina, is one of the most popular undecided voters in the state.
As of Friday evening he had yet to decide on a candidate-but he's getting plenty of advice.
(CNN) – Two influential conservative politicians in South Carolina predicted Sunday that Mitt Romney will effectively wrap up the Republican presidential nomination if he wins the upcoming Palmetto State primary.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Tim Scott, both Republicans, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that a Romney victory in South Carolina on January 21 would end the suspense after the former Massachusetts governor won the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Just one hour before heading into the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston to host a presidential forum for South Carolina voters, Republican Congressman Tim Scott told reporters that he still hasn’t decided who he’s going to vote for –let alone who he might endorse.
“My goal is really not to figure out Romney versus the anti-Romney, which is what’s shaping up,” Scott said, before laying four specific qualities – character, competency, values and faith – that will ultimately shape his decision. “Those four qualities, I’m going to sit down and create a little matrix for myself and come to a decision in the next few days.”
(CNN) - Political heavyweight and Republican Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Monday that if the election were held today, GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich would win the Palmetto State.
"We'd love to see Mitt Romney spend more time in South Carolina, but I believe today if we were to hold the election, those are the two guys that would be at the top of the ticket and Newt would win," Scott said in an interview with CNN's "John King, USA."
(CNN) - If third place finisher Tim Pawlenty is out, why are Rick Santorum and Herman Cain, the fourth and fifth place finishers at the GOP presidential straw poll Saturday in Ames, Iowa still in the race for the White House?
One answer: Size matters.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has added a South Carolina visit to his campaign schedule later this month to participate in a town hall sponsored by a leading tea party figure, CNN has learned.
The August 22 town hall in the coastal district of conservative first-term Rep. Tim Scott will be officially announced this week.