Stephen Colbert Leads South Carolina Senate Wishlist Poll

10:26 AM PST 12/10/2012 by Jordan Zakarin
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In his latest attempt at political office, Colbert is looking strong in his home state.

Could it finally be Stephen Colbert's time to ascend to public office?

The host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report has spent the past week asking his audience to tell South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley that they'd like to see him appointed as the replacement for resigning Sen. Jim DeMint. According to a new survey from Public Policy Polling, the faux conservative comedian has plenty of support, too.

Colbert leads PPP's latest survey of South Carolinians' preferred Senate replacements, with 20 percent of voters expressing their desire to see him head to Washington to represent the state.

The lead comes just a year after Colbert, teamed with former GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, took fifth place in the state's presidential primary. At one point last year, a hypothetical third-party bid for the White House netted Colbert 13 percent of the nation's support.

If Colbert actually wanted to make a run for office, he'd have significant funds to get started; his Super PAC, started as a stunt to educate the public about campaign finance, has nearly $800,000 left in reserve after the election.

Perhaps these numbers will change Haley's mind; late last week, she wrote on Facebook that Colbert was out of the running, at least in part because during an appearance she made on his show, he was unable to identify the state's official beverage (milk).

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