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Special election set for S.C. House seat

1:54 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
Republican Tim Scott will become the first African-American from South Carolina in the U.S. Senate.(Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt, AP)
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has set a May 7 special election for the House seat of Republican Tim Scott, who is joining the Senate on Thursday.

Haley appointed Scott, who was elected to the House in 2010, to take the place of Republican Jim DeMint, who resigned to run the Heritage Foundation think tank. Scott has made history as the first African-American senator from South Carolina and the first black senator to represent the South since Reconstruction.

Under Haley's order, the primary for the House seat -- which is based in Charleston and runs along the South Carolina coast -- will be held March 19 with runoffs on April 2.

Scott's resignation from the U.S. House took effect on Wednesday.

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