Tough Fight Expected for Rep. Scott's Seat

Crowded field expected as he takes over Sen. DeMint's term


The selection of South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott to fill Jim DeMint's Senate seat will open the door to what's expected to be a crowded, hard-fought special election to succeed him.

More than a half-dozen prospective candidates are being mentioned for Scott's seat, which encompasses the Charleston and Hilton Head areas. Among them: state House Majority Whip Jimmy Merrill, state Rep. Chip Limehouse, and state Sens. Larry Grooms and Chip Campsen.