1. HALEY’S CHOICE

    Five Finalists for DeMint’s Seat

    Nikki Haley must be getting lots of holiday cards this year—but not from Stephen Colbert. The South Carolina governor has narrowed down the list for Sen. Jim DeMint’s replacement to five people, sources close to her office said on Tuesday. On the list: Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state attorney general Henry McMaster, attorney Catherine Templeton and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford. But South Carolina native son Stephen Colbert did not make the cut, despite his push on his show Monday night for his candidacy—and a Public Policy poll that put him at the top of voters’ wish list.

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