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OTRC: Stephen Colbert to run for South Carolina senator? State voters like idea, poll shows

Stephen Colbert appears in an undated photo from his Comedy Central show, 'The Colbert Report.' (Scott Gries/Comedy Central)

On December 6, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced that he is resigning from the Senate in early January 2013. While many names for a replacement are being tossed around, one poll found that Stephen Colbert is a popular pick with voters in his native state to take DeMint's seat.

"The Colbert Report" comedian initially egged on viewers to Tweet to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley with reasons why Colbert should be the state's next senator. Now a poll of South Carolina voters put out by Public Policy Polling on December 10 found that Colbert tops the list of possible replacements by 20 percent.

The closest competitor is Tim Scott, one of the state's U.S. Representatives, with 15 percent.

The poll shows that it's mostly Democrats and Independents in the state pulling for Colbert with 32 percent of Democrats saying they'd like for Colbert to be picked.

Gov. Haley responded to Colbert's plea on her official Facebook page on December 7, writing, "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. But you forget one thing, my friend."

"You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake," she added, referring to her appearance on "The Colbert Report" in April where Colbert failed to remember South Carolina's state drink -- milk.

Check out Haley's appearance on "The Colbert Report" below. [Warning: Video includes expletive language.]

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