Matt Lewis

Tim Scott for U.S. Senate [UPDATED]

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

With Jim DeMint resigning from the senate, the Wall Street Journal reports that “South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014.”

Haley should give serous consideration to Rep. Tim Scott.

Scott is a proven conservative fighter, who was also elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. Prior to his election to Congress, he served four terms as Chair in the South Carolina House. Additionally, he was a small business owner.

To be sure, South Carolina has a strong conservative delegation. But Scott is at the top of the list. Conservatives should push for him.

UPDATE: CNN’s Peter Hamby reports that DeMint wants Scott to replace him.

UPDATE: Perry Bacon Jr. Tweets: “If Tim Scott were tapped to replace Demint, he would first black GOP senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts left in 1979.”