South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, probably the most influential Tea Party advocate in Congress, is resigning his seat to become head of the conservative Heritage Foundation.
DeMint’s term was to have expired in 2016. The vacancy will be filled through appointment by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, with a special election held in 2014. That’s the same cycle in which South Carolina’s other senator, Lindsey Graham, will be seeking re-election, which makes it less likely that Graham will face a stern primary challenger.
– Jay Bookman