Haley named her choice to replace DeMint at a press conference around noon. DeMint announced earlier this month he is stepping down from the Senate in January to head the conservative Heritage Foundation. Scott's name quickly jumped to the top of the list of prospective replacement candidates, and Republican sources indicated DeMint was pushing for the freshman congressman to fill the seat. Like DeMint, Scott is popular with the Tea Party.
Scott will be the first black senator from the South since the late 19th century. He was a popular choice among Republicans, both in the House and Senate. Many others congratulated him before Haley made the news official, and others were quick to hail the news as good.
Congrats! @chadpergram: Rep Tim ScottTim ScottCBS News lands Sanders as WHCA dinner guest Department of labor overtime rule is a roadblock to a bright career path Pop superstar Prince dies in Minnesota home MORE (R-SC) becomes 1st African American senator since Sen Burris (D-IL) who succeeded President Obama.— Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerInvestments in research and development are investments in American jobs EPA won’t pay Colorado county for some mine spill costs The Trail 2016: Trump applies presidential polish, Cruz adds VP MORE(@repcorygardner) December 17, 2012
John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner returns to the spotlight Cruz confronts Trump supporter Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' MORE (@johnBoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner returns to the spotlight Cruz confronts Trump supporter Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' MORE) December 17, 2012
Congratulations to Senator Tim Scott! You will be missed in the House.— Eric CantorEric CantorRepublicans who vow to never back Trump NRCC upgrades 11 'Young Guns' candidates Cruz, Kasich join forces to stop Trump MORE (@EricCantor) December 17, 2012
Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdDon't get slapped: Protecting consumer free speech from harmful lawsuits Spy office denies allegations that NSA data will be used for policing Lawmakers warn of 'radical' move by NSA to share information MORE (@farenthold) December 17, 2012
Mike LeeMike LeeReid: Cruz, Lee on Supreme Court should 'scare you' Cruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote MORE (@SenMikeLee) December 17, 2012
Glad to see Tim Scott coming to the Senate. He was immediately recognized as a leader in the House & he'll be a leader in the Senate.— Senator Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Senate Dems accuse GOP of walking away from Zika deal MORE (@RoyBlunt) December 17, 2012
Tim Scott is an even better person than he is politician.— Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTroops question rules for ISIS medal The beginning of the end for Ted Cruz Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' MORE (@GrahamBlog) December 17, 2012
This post was originally created at 10:33 a.m. and has been updated.