Poll: SC voters back Colbert for Sen. DeMint's seat

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina voters want late night comedian Stephen Colbert to replace resigning Sen. Jim DeMint, according to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling.

The Democratic-leaning pollster's results say 20 percent of South Carolinians back Colbert to fill DeMint's seat.

The poll comes on the heels of a grassroots campaign to have Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint the comedian and host of The Colbert Report to the Senate seat.

"It's Democrats and independents -- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with -- who are pining for a Colbert appointment," said a news release from the polling group.

Colbert, who seems to be aware of the effort, told viewers on his show Thursday night to call, tweet, and email Haley and tell her to appoint him.

Haley appeared to dismiss the notion of appointing Colbert in a Facebook post on Friday.

"Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me," said Haley. "But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake."

Colbert aside, several other big names in the South Carolina political world receive support from voters on the poll.

Rep. Tim Scott, DeMint's supposed handpicked choice, comes in second place with 15 percent of support, but in a poll without Colbert, Scott edges out everyone in GOP voters' minds.

"In all three permutations of the field we tested, Tim Scott comes out as the top choice among Republicans," said the poll.

Also appearing on the list in fourth place is former first lady Jenny Sanford with 11 percent of support.

In another poll without Colbert's name in the field, Sanford comes out on top of the crowded list.

"Sanford becomes the first choice of both Democrats and independents without Colbert in the mix and is particularly strong with women – 24 percent of whom think she should receive the appointment," said the poll.

State law says the governor must appoint someone to DeMint's empty seat. The appointee will keep the seat warm until 2014 when a special election is held.

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