Sen. Jim DeMint to step down from Senate

DeMint to head Heritage Foundation

CNN - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of Dec. 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, CNN confirmed Thursday.

Elected in 2004, he was re-elected in 2010. His term was not up until 2016. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor.

A special election will then be held in 2014 for the last two years of his term.

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