Voters Back Colbert to Fill Vacant Senate Seat

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South Carolina native Stephen Colbert is the top choice of Palmetto State residents to fill the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by Jim DeMint, a new poll indicates.

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DeMint is stepping down to head a conservative think tank. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint a successor to complete DeMint's term, which ends in 2014.

That November, an election will be held ... but until then it's Haley's call alone.

According to Public Policy Polling, The Colbert Report host would be the most popular appointee. Colbert has already expressed interest in the vacancy, too.

The Comedy Central staple has been asking viewers to tweet at Gov. Haley, a Republican who he calls a "friend of the show," and lobby her to appoint him.

The federal government would certainly become a lot funnier overnight.

Could this really happen? Probably not, though Haley's approval ratings are way down with Democrats and independents, so a PR coup might not hurt. Just saying.

Colbert is famous for trying to insert himself into the political process. He attempted to run in this year's South Carolina primary and started his own Super PAC.

Should Stephen Colbert be appointed to the U.S. Senate?

 

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