United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

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South Carolina will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The seat will be a two-year term. The general election date will be on November 4, 2014, where a six-year term will also be up for election for the seat currently held by Lindsey Graham (R).

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R).

On December 17, 2012, The Associated Press revealed that Scott had been chosen by Gov. Nikki Haley to take over for DeMint after he leaves to become President of the Heritage Foundation in January 2013.

Scott will be the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.[1]


Governor Nikki Haley had to appoint a candidate to fill DeMint's vacated seat until the special election in 2014.[2] The following individuals had been mentioned as possible candidates for appointment to fill the seat. Although U.S. Rep. Tim Scott was selected for appointment, the rest could still run in the special election to serve the remainder of the term in 2014.

Republican Party Tim Scott, current U.S. Congressman, South Carolina, District 1Green check mark transparent.png[2][3][4][5][6]
Republican Party Joe Wilson, current U.S. Congressman, South Carolina, District 2[2][3]
Republican Party Jeff Duncan, current U.S. Congressman, South Carolina, District 3[2][3][4]
Republican Party Trey Gowdy, current U.S. Congressman, South Carolina, District 4[3][6]
Republican Party Mick Mulvaney, current U.S. Congressman, South Carolina, District 5[2][4]
Republican Party Alan Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General[3][4]
Republican Party Lee Bright, State Senator, District 12[3]
Republican Party Henry McMaster, former State Attorney General[3][4][5][6]
Republican Party Nathan Ballentine, State Representative, District 71[3]
Republican Party David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador[4]
Republican Party Jenny Sanford, former South Carolina First Lady[6]
Republican Party Catherine Templeton, head of state Department of Health and Environmental Control[6]

Rumored but withdrew

Republican Party Tom Davis, State Senator, District 46[3][4][5][7]

Race background

DeMint decided to resign and head the conservative Heritage Foundation beginning in January 2013.[2] Governor Haley will appoint a temporary senator to serve the first two years of DeMint's term, until an election is held in 2014 to fill the seat for the remaining two years. Speculation has arisen as to whom will be selected, representative Tim Scott has topped the list of early contenders.[8]

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