June 22nd, 2010
09:08 PM ET
4 years ago

RGA hails Haley's runoff victory

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Nikki Haley celebrates her victory in Tuesday's South Carolina runoff. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association wasted no time Tuesday evening congratulating rising GOP star Nikki Haley in her bid to become South Carolina’s first female governor.

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The state lawmaker’s victory over Rep. Gresham Barrett in the GOP runoff “is a testament to her hard work, perseverance and determination,” RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers said in a statement. “Her success ushers in a new era of South Carolina politics, and represents a growing new generation of Republican leaders from across the country. We congratulate her on besting an experienced field of challengers, first capturing the most votes in the primary and then winning the short runoff.”

“We look forward to working with Nikki Haley and her campaign to ensure that she earns a tremendous and well-deserved victory in November,” Ayers added.

In effort to ground Haley’s rising star, Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, slammed the South Carolina Republican and her party.

“National Republicans desperate for a new rising star are prematurely attaching their hopes to Nikki Haley, who has moved so far outside the mainstream that she’s damaged her general election hopes,” Daschle said in a statement.

CNN projects that Haley has beaten Barrett in the GOP runoff. According to vote totals provided by the Associated Press, with 65 percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 158,539 votes or 64.4 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 87,630 votes or 35.6 percent.

Earlier: Haley expected to cruise to GOP nod


Filed under: 2010 • DGA • Nikki Haley • RGA • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
09:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Haley wins South Carolina GOP runoff

(CNN) - CNN projects that Nikki Haley has won the primary runoff vote to be the Republican nominee for governor of South Carolina in November's election.


Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
08:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama asks Congress to approve spending for border security

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday to approve $600 million in emergency spending for steps to increase security along the border with Mexico, a key issue in the immigration reform debate.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Obama said the money would pay for hiring 1,000 new border patrol agents and 160 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, two unmanned aircraft systems and other support for border security.

Obama's letter also said the spending would be partially offset by canceling a $100-million Homeland Security program that the president described as "lower priority."

Republican critics complain that Obama has failed to devote proper resources to border security, which they say contributes to an untenable flow of illegal immigrants into the country from Mexico.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
June 22nd, 2010
08:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Interior Secretary says he will impose new moratorium

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday called a six-month halt on deepwater drilling "needed, appropriate and within our authorities" in announcing he will issue a new order on a moratorium just hours after a federal judge blocked such a mandate.

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," Salazar said in a statement. "That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

Salazar's statement did not give an exact date for when the new order would be imposed, saying only "in the coming days."

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Filed under: BP • Energy • Environmental policy • Ken Salazar
June 22nd, 2010
08:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Sources say WH meeting on Senate energy bill postponed

President Obama had planned to meet Wednesday with senators from both parties.
President Obama had planned to meet Wednesday with senators from both parties.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called Tuesday for the Senate to "stand up and move forward" on the issue in the aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster.

"This has to be a wake-up call to the country, that we are prepared and ready to move forward on a new energy strategy that the American people desperately want but for which there has been insufficient political will," Obama told reporters after a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

However, two Senate leadership aides told CNN later Tuesday that the White House abruptly postponed a planned meeting Wednesday with senators from both parties to try to reach agreement on a proposal that can pass the Senate.

The Senate aides, one from each party, did not know why the meeting was called off.

The White House had portrayed the talks as a chance for all participants to pitch their best ideas, similar to the health care summit earlier this year that emboldened Democrats to push through a Senate bill with no Republican support.

However, sharp differences between the two parties are evident, as well as some infighting among Democrats over what kind of final proposal would have a realistic chance of getting the 60 Senate votes needed to pass.

Updated: 8:32 p.m.

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • Harry Reid • President Obama
June 22nd, 2010
08:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Sestak: McChrystal's fate hinges on his necessity

(CNN) – The highest ranking military officer to serve in Congress said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal can retain his command if the president believes that McChrystal is necessary for the success of the Afghan war strategy.

Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democratic congressman and former three-star admiral who is now running for Senate, told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that while McChrystal's actions reported in a magazine article were "cause for dismissal, without a question," it doesn't necessarily mean he will be ousted as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"If the president believes that he is necessary for the success of this mission," McChrystal might keep his post, Sestak said before criticizing the general's conduct in an interview that aired on "John King, USA."

"First off, he broke a military code," Sestak said of McChrystal. "You go into a commander-in-chief's room, and if you disagree, you keep it there. And that means the same for the men and women who work for you. You don't go out and say you don't like the cut of his jib."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • JKUSA • John King USA • President Obama • Stanley McChrystal
June 22nd, 2010
08:23 PM ET
4 years ago

AP: Haley leads Barrett, 64 percent to 36 percent

(CNN) - South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley leads Rep. Gresham Barrett in the Republican gubernatorial runoff, according to vote totals provided by the Associated Press.

With 29 percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 70,960 votes or 64.0 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 39,868 votes or 36.0 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

AP: Haley leads Barrett, 62 percent to 38 percent

(CNN) - South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley leads Rep. Gresham Barrett in the Republican gubernatorial runoff, according to vote totals provided by the Associated Press.

With eight percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 22,374 votes or 62.0 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 13,713 votes or 38.0 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
08:01 PM ET
4 years ago

AP: Haley leads Barrett, 60 percent to 40 percent

(CNN) - South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley leads Rep. Gresham Barrett by a ratio of 3-to-2 in the Republican gubernatorial runoff, according to vote totals provided by the Associated Press.

With five percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 13,240 votes or 60.0 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 8,829 votes or 40.0 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
07:51 PM ET
4 years ago

AP: Haley leads Barrett in early vote totals

(CNN) - In South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial runoff, state Rep. Nikki Haley has an early lead over Rep. Gresham Barrett, according to vote total provided by the Associated Press.

With three percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 9,002 votes or 62.6 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 5,384 votes or 37.4 percent.


Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
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