COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley, a 2010 Republican gubernatorial hopeful and key ally of Mark Sanford in the state house, removed a large photo of Sanford from her campaign Web site on Wednesday just hours before the governor admitted to an extramarital affair.
Since mid-May, Haley's Web site featured a banner-like photo of the governor. Below the picture was a quote from Sanford describing Haley "a terrific and inspiring choice as governor."
While Sanford hasn't formally endorsed a candidate in next year's crowded GOP primary, Haley is widely thought to be his top choice.
Just before noon on Wednesday, the entire graphic was scrubbed from the site. Neither Haley nor her aides responded when asked about the quick re-design.