(CNN) - Her accuser has, for now, fallen silent. But with less than a week remaining before next Tuesday's Republican primary, South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley continues to face questions about an alleged affair with conservative blogger Will Folks.
Haley addressed the chatter once again in a debate Tuesday night in Florence.
"The questions raised about my personal life aren't true," she said, according to The State newspaper.
But her campaign, keen on making the most out of her moment in the spotlight, is also taking on the accusation in a new campaign ad depicting her as a dedicated wife and mother.
"I've seen the dark side of our state's politics," Haley says in the ad, an apparent reference to the scandal. But, she adds, "I know the bright side of our state's people."
The 30-second commercial, Haley's third of the campaign, flashes images of the Republican frontrunner with her children and prominently features her husband, Michael.
Haley's three rivals in the GOP race are Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett.
Unless one of the candidates earns more than 50 percent of the vote next Tuesday - an unlikely prospect - the race will head to a runoff between to the top two finishers.