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Mrs. Haley said Monday she’s confident Mr. Scott easily will win election back to the Senate in two years.

Mr. Scott will be sworn in to the Senate on Jan. 3.

Fiscal and social conservative groups also praised Mrs. Haley’s decision.

Congressman Scott is a fighter for limited government and pro-growth policies in Washington, and we can’t wait to see him in the Senate,” said Chris Chocola, president of the influential free-market group Club for Growth and a former Republican congressman from Indiana.

Others who reportedly were on the governor’s shortlist to replace Mr. DeMint were Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former first lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.