The Washington Times - December 10, 2012, 06:02PM

Stephen Colbert for Senate? If South Carolinians had their way, the political satirist, South Carolina native and host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” would be the Palmetto State’s next U.S. senator, a new poll shows.

Mr. Colbert, at 20 percent, tops the wish list of whom South Carolina voters would like to see replace Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who is resigning in January to head the conservative Heritage Foundation, according to results of a Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

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Mr. Colbert topped a list of Republican contenders being mentioned for the post. Rep. Tim Scott was second in the poll with 15 percent, followed by Rep. Trey Gowdy at 14 percent, former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford at 11 percent, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster and former Gov. Mark Sanford with 8 percent each, Reps. Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5 percent each, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney at 4 percent.

Mr. DeMint’s seat is safe for Republicans, with the GOP firmly in control of South Carolina’s political landscape and Gov. Nikki R. Haley, a Republican, able to pick his successor to serve through 2014.

“Nikki Haley could score some points with the Democrats and independent voters she’s struggling with by appointing Stephen Colbert to the U.S. Senate,” said PPP President Dean Debnam. “But if she goes down a more traditional path, the voters’ top choice is Tim Scott.”

Mr. Colbert, whose television persona is that of a satirical conservative blowhard, jokingly has lobbied to be Mr. DeMint’s replacement, asking fans to contact Mrs. Haley via Twitter on his behalf.

“I wouldn’t just block legislation, I’d body-check it!” Mr. Colbert tweeted last week.