June 17th, 2010
08:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Jenny Sanford to join Haley in final push

 Jenny Sanford will join front-running South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley on the campaign trail Friday.
Jenny Sanford will join front-running South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley on the campaign trail Friday.

(CNN) - Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford will join gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the campaign trail Friday for a headline-grabbing final push ahead of next Tuesday's Republican runoff election, a Haley source tells CNN.

Sanford won't have to go far to join the Republican frontrunner – Haley is scheduled to appear with Mitt and Ann Romney in Charleston and Beaufort, both a short drive from Sanford's home on Sullivan's Island.

Sanford gave Haley's campaign its first major endorsement last fall, when Haley, a state representative, was the least known of the four candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Now she is on the cusp of winning the nomination, assuming she maintains her current wide lead in the runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Haley is regarded as Gov. Mark Sanford's ideological protégé in the governor's race. But the governor, aware of his tarnished reputation in the wake of an affair the destroyed his career and marriage, has avoided endorsing Haley.


Filed under: 2010 • Jenny Sanford • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. awe stuck

    south carolina politics, I don't even know a word to describe it. hilarious?

    June 17, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. The Weatherman

    As strange as SC politics have been lately, this story is a shot of normalcy.

    The Weatherman

    June 17, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. GL

    No Sara Palin, but thought it was her endosement that help Nikki. It look like it was more Mitt Romney and Jenny Sanford that put Nikki in the winner spot not Sara Palin.

    June 17, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. JAMES PORTER

    With Gresham Barrett, we will not have to worry about another potential embarassment in the Governor's Mansion. Haley may be qualified and a good executive, but we don't need another 4 years of what Sanford put us through down here. Plus Gresham knows how to work with the legislature while all Haley will do is continue butting heads with them just like Sanford has done. Gresham has the judgement, wisdom, and experience to move us forward. I fear it will be another circus with Haley.

    June 17, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    With the allegations of affairs in her camp, I guess she is his 'recreational protege' also!!!

    Isn't that what makes a 'good republican'???

    June 17, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Larry from Texas

    I recommend we revisit the Civil War and declare South Carolina a winner. We could them allow (require) South Carolina to withdraw from the Union and they could actually form the weird little third world country they try so hard to emulate.

    June 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. the dude

    easy to understand why her former husband went elswhere.....

    June 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. cm

    Everybody wants to be in the spotlight.

    June 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. JC in SC

    In front of every successful man is a more successful woman.
    Finally some good and decent Republican's that can hopefully restore dignity to this state, instead of embarrassing it.
    Go Jenny! Go Nikki!!

    June 17, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. hootyie1fan

    It ewil be interesting to see what happens if the infidelity allegations made against Haley stick.

    June 17, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Dano

    I'm not sure SC residents should place any trust Jenny's pick for governor. After all, her last pick didn't work out so well.

    June 17, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Pat Ellsworth

    March on! If there is anyone in this country that I would want to join in my campaign if I had one, it would be J. Sanford. What a great lady...

    June 17, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. concerned

    hey republicans keep bringing in the idots you guys dont want to do nothing for the people of the united states. oh wait unless there rich those are the people you help.

    June 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Gee! To think I used to feel sorry for Jenny and admired her dignity under such pressure. Now I feel sorry for her stupidity.

    June 17, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |