Poll: South Carolina wants Colbert to replace DeMint

But they should not get their hopes up

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A PPP survey finds that Stephen Colbert is South Carolina’s top choice to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., when he steps down in January.

According to the poll, 20 percent of voters say that Colbert should be appointed, compared with 15 percent who favor Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., DeMint’s likely replacement.

From PPP:

It’s Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they’d like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.

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Though Colbert has been campaigning for the spot, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who is responsible for picking DeMint’s replacement, dashed what little hope fans had for a Colbert appointment on her Facebook page on Friday.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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