Haley to consider replacement for DeMint

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The resignation of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint gives Gov. Nikki Haley sole authority to choose South Carolina's next senator, and the only indication she's made is that it won't be her.

Speculation abounds over who she might pick to fill the seat through 2014.

Names tossed out as possibilities include the state's four congressmen recently re-elected to their second term.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney says he was contemplating running to replace DeMint in 2016 anyway. DeMint had said he wouldn't seek a third term.

Haley could make history by appointing Rep. Tim Scott. He would become South Carolina's first black U.S. senator.

State law gives Haley no timeline, though she says she won't drag out a decision.

DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton says the senator is not getting involved in Haley's choice.

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