Haley: DeMint wrong; no appointment yet

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will not be announcing her appointment to replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R) on Friday, despite speculation from the senator that a decision was imminent.

"We have no Senate announcement to make today," Rob Godfrey, Haley's spokesman, told The Hill. He offered no further details on the timing of the decision.

DeMint predicted Friday would be the day the governor made her selection known. 

“We’ll probably hear today who that is,” he told the Post and Courier. “I’m convinced that is a person who is as good or better than Jim DeMint.”

But DeMint also said he has not been in touch with Haley since he called to let her know of his decision to leave the Senate.

“I’ve not called her since, and I’m not pressuring her in any way. ... I’m convinced we share the same philosophy. We have a great congressional delegation, and I hope she looks at those folks," he said.

DeMint is leaving the Senate in January to head the conservative Heritage Foundation, opening up his seat for an appointment and a special election in 2014. 

Haley has said she will not appoint herself or a placeholder to the seat.

But as of earlier this week, Haley had narrowed the possible candidates down to a list of five South Carolina Republicans: Rep. Tim Scott; Rep. Trey Gowdy; former state Attorney General Henry McMaster; former first lady Jenny Sanford; and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney Haley has picked to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DeMint has made it known in South Carolina that he wants Scott to replace him in the Senate, sources have told The Hill.

— This story was first published at 8:59 a.m. and has been updated. 


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