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Haley won't appoint a 'placeholder' to fill Senate seat

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) today said she would not fill Sen. Jim DeMint's Senate seat with a temporary "placeholder" appointment.

After Sen. Jim DeMint announced that he is resigning in January, speculation is already flying on who could or will replace the South Carolina lawmaker. Msnbc's Thomas Roberts talks with Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.

"I believe South Carolina will be best served by a U.S. senator who will work hard day in and day out, and put him or herself before the voters at the soonest possible time," Haley said in a statement. "Accordingly, I reject the option of a 'placeholder.'"

Given that the appointment is set to fill the seat until 2014 -- when a special election takes place -- the governor had the option of selecting someone who would hold the seat through '14, but wouldn't run for the position in the special election.

But she dismissed that option today.

Also, Haley is set to hold a press conference in North Charleston tomorrow at noon ET, but according to NBC's Ali Weinberg, she isn't expected to announce her appointment at the event.