Sen. DeMint resigning to head conservative group

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 4:03 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she will not appoint herself to replace outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

The Republican governor took questions from callers on WORD-FM on Thursday. She promised to appoint someone who would fight for conservative ideas.

Haley says she had no timetable to announce her pick to replace DeMint, but says she will not drag the decision out. She also didn't mention whether she is supporting anyone specifically.

DeMint announced Thursday he will resign at the end of the year to become president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Whomever Haley appoints would face a special election in 2014 to finish DeMint's term, which expires in 2016.

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