SLIDESHOW: Who should replace DeMint?

December 6, 2012 

One of South Carolina's representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint(R) announced today he is resigning from Congress to take a position at a Washington D.C. think tank. Already, the social media world is abuzz with possible replacements for the Greenville politician.

Who should replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint?

One of South Carolina's representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint(R) announced today he is resigning from Congress to take a position at a Washington D.C. think tank. Already, the social media world is abuzz with possible replacements for the Greenville politician.

Storified by The State Newspaper · Thu, Dec 06 2012 10:41:31

One of South Carolina's representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint(R) announced today he is resigning from Congress to take a position at a Washington D.C. think tank. Already, the social media world is abuzz with possible replacements for the Greenville politician.
Thestate
Immediately, one name popped up on Twitter....
Thestate
Word from SC is that DeMint personally asked Gov. Haley to appoint Tim Scott to replace him. Doesn't mean she'll do it…Byron York
Rep. Tim Scott the Ideal Replacement for Jim DeMint http://nblo.gs/FCS1bSC Politisite
Scott's name was quickly followed by a former state house cabinet member and one of Haley's former gubernatorial rivals.
Thestate
Hearing Henry McMaster's name a LOT as a potential DeMint replacement. That would be good for America. Henry's a great guy.Todd Kincannon
A few other names have also been tossed around on Twitter, too.
Thestate
Rep. Joe Wilson Should Replace DeMint http://bit.ly/11LEFv4 #tcotPJ Tatler
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Here's your #Demint darkhorse candidate: SCDHHS director Tony Keck.Tim Kelly
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Would Nikki Haley appoint Mark Sanford to replace DeMint?Bob Wertz
But no talk of political succession in South Carolina is complete without mention of the man Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called the Palmetto State's "Favorite Son"
Thestate
Did you know that our beloved South Carolina has a state buttefly? It does! It's the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Vote for me! I know stuff!Colbert for Senate
@StephenAtHome Will tonight's show include an announcement of Senate candidacy? Two SC seats available--double your usual chances.Larry Sabato
@thestate @JimDeMint Colbert for Senate @ColbertforSC #DeMintReplacementJeff Manning

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