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The hottest rumor in South Carolina politics at the moment is that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint – a fiscal conservative champion as well as the most popular politician in the Palmetto State – will run against S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014.

Is the rumor true?

No … not even a little bit.  In fact without getting into the “it’s complicated” nature of how we confirm things with DeMint’s people (or the fact that such a move would be a demotion), let’s just say that we’re told the rumor is every bit as categorically false as that rumor about DeMint endorsing Mitt Romney.

There’s no love lost between Haley and DeMint, don’t get us wrong (and we think DeMint would be phab-foo-goo-tastic as governor), but it’s just not in the cards …

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