COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley says that, while she's looking for a conservative fighter to replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, no one would be as conservative and staunch as him.
Haley gave no indication Wednesday of when she would make her decision.
The Republican governor has sole authority to appoint DeMint's successor until voters pick one in 2014. DeMint announced last week he would resign Jan. 1 to lead a conservative think tank.
Haley has reportedly narrowed her choices to five. They include former first lady Jenny Sanford, who endorsed and campaigned with Haley during her 2010 four-way primary.
Haley told reporters Wednesday that Sanford has remained a confidante since she took office. She says she seeks advice from Sanford about her performance in the job.