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Haley to Appoint Scott to Fill S.C. Senate Seat
Updated 11:23 a.m. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will appoint U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to fill Jim DeMint's Senate seat, multiple Republican sources have confirmed to NBC News.
That will make Scott the first African American from the South to serve in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction -- and the only African-American senator to serve in the upcoming 113th Congress.
Haley is set to announce the appointment at a noon ET press conference. A special election for the seat will take place November 2014.
The rest of the South Carolina House delegation - a particularly close-knit group, was asked to attend today's announcement at the South Carolina statehouse, according to several South Carolina House Republican sources.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, one of the five people on Haley's short list for the Senate seat, said she called him Sunday night to inform him of her decision.
Gowdy, who said he thanked the governor for "making the right decision" in picking Scott, said she was "very gracious" on the call and said she would like him to be at the event.
"I told her that I would the only way I would not be there is if she specifically asked me not to come," Gowdy said, reached by phone as he was driving from Spartanburg to Columbia for the announcement.
Scott was elected to Congress in 2010, and he represents much of the South Carolina coastline from Charleston to Myrtle Beach.
A favorite of the Tea Party, Scott's personal story is a remarkable one: While working at Chick-Fil-A, he met a movie theater manager who took him under his wing and taught him the values of conservatism and hard work. Long a poor student, Scott turned his life around and ended up getting elected to the South Carolina State House and then Congress.
Scott is a deeply religious Christian and is unmarried.
With Scott's appointment, South Carolina will be the only state in the union with two senators who are unmarried.
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