South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley will announce at noon Monday her pick to replace resigning U.S. Republican Sen. Jim DeMint.
"@nikkihaley will announce an appointment to fill the vacancy created by @JimDeMint's retirement during 12 PM Statehouse newser. TODAY," Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey tweeted Monday morning.
Haley is tasked with appointing a temporary replacement senator to succeed DeMint, who announced Dec. 6 plans to resign from the Senate in early January to lead the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.
Speculation regarding successors has centered around Rep. Tim Scott, a tea party star, and Jenny Sanford, wife of former Gov. Mark Sanford. Haley has disclosed plans to appoint a candidate who is not a temporary "placeholder candidate." Therefore, Haley's appointee will likely serve and then run in the special election to choose a permanent successor.