With Rep. Tim Scott moving to the Senate, a special election for his seat is on the horizon.
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WASHINGTON — With Rep. Tim Scott having been named to succeed Sen. Jim DeMint in the Senate, the scramble for his safely Republican House seat is on.
Although primaries for the special election won’t be held for a few months, rumors and wish lists are already circulating within the state's political firmament, and it appears the state party will permit a crowded field.
Here, five Republicans who might run:
Joe McKeown has worked as Rep. Tim Scott’s chief of staff since February, but has known him much longer: since both served concurrently on the Charleston County Council. Now, McKeown has emerged as a likely candidate to run to replace his boss. “If he were to get an endorsement from Tim, obviously that would be a big deal,” said one state Republican aide. But Scott might choose to steer clear of the primary fray, making for a more competitive race for McKeown.