Rep. Tim Scott reportedly has been selected by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint.

Scott will become the first black senator from the Palmetto State since the late 19th century, The New York Times reports.

Scott was on a short list for candidates which included Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, state Health and Environmental Control Department Director Catherine Templeton and former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford.

The official announcement will be made at 12 noon.

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