Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Nikki Haley - a 38-year old Indian-American state legislator who could become South Carolina's first female governor - captured the Republican nomination in dominant fashion Tuesday, dispatching her opponent, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, by a more than 30-point margin.
"This is a great night for the Republican Party, which is getting behind the people who have said we want a conservative government and government that is accountable to the people," Haley told supporters at her victory rally in Columbia. "South Carolina just showed the rest of the country what we're made of."
But she added: "Don't get too excited; we're not there yet."
Barrett, who captured 35 percent of the vote to Haley's 65 percent, conceded that Tuesday's result was mostly a foregone conclusion.
"It might not have been a close race," Barrett said. "But it was a good race for South Carolina. It was an honest conversation about the future of this state and the conservative reforms we need for this generation and the next to prosper."
Haley's general election opponent will be state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, arguably the most formidable statewide candidate Democrats have fielded in a decade.
Jenny will continue to control with Nikki – just like she did with Sanford.
Unelected people still run SC. They are probably too corrupt to win, so they use shills and puppets like Nikki.
The principles that Sanford and Haley espouse? How about the principle that you can bill the taxpayers for travel to see your lover, but deny money to repair schools?
Give me a break. The last poll a week ago shows Nikki Haley beating the "spend and tax" Deomcrat Vincent Sheehen by 55% to 34%.
Yet, here is the CNN telling us it will be close and she faces a tough challenge. Pathetic that they do not even try to hide the bias.
Except for her association to whackos like Palin, which is a conveinence at this point for Haley, and all about staying relevant for Palin, Haley seems to be the best Rep candidate. But this is politics in the Kaka-lackeys so it promises to be interesting with a spalsh of sleaze.
We got a government accountable to the people when Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin were all roundly defeated and told to take a hike. We got a government accountable to the people when President Obama took office and makes these people take responsibility for their actions.
Where is Haley living because it definitely isn't earth and it's definitely not the now reclaimed United States of America.
As far as I am concerned, she has received the kiss of death. Anyone who solicits and or receives Sarah Palin's, the half governor of Alaska, would never get my support.
What can Nikki see from her front porch? Which magazines and newspapers does she read? Is her husband a member of a South Carolina Independence Party? How much has she spent on her 'election outfits'? Does she take per diem while living at home? Does South Carolina pay for her children to travel with her? Does she copy official government emails to her husband for his input? WIll she refuse any federal earmarks for her state, but claim success for getting them when they arrive? Who on SNL will be able to 'play' Nikki to Tina's Sarah?
don't worry Nikki. democrats rarely win here although I vote for them every chance I get. there is always hope know matter how bleak thongs get. have a good day
Hamby's political ad for Sheheen forgot to mention a Democrat has zero chance of winning in this state....
SC is a republican state, by and large, because republicans can always be counted on to get out and vote. Dems here really and truly only care about presidential elections and you would be hard pressed to get them out to vote. Oh they will certainly complain about sandford and anyone else that doesnt "know how to act" but they will rarely follow up with a vote. You can count on the republicans to see Nikki to the finish line. Here is a prediction: as soon as Jim Clyburns opponent is announced, you can count on him and his supporters to pull the racecard. They have nothing else by which to run on. Count on it.
The dems are desparate this time. Its gonna to get very ugly in the lead up to the mid terms because the Dems have nothing but a disaster to run on. Look for them to go deep in the bag of dirty tricks with the help of the liberal media; exposes in the NYT with no proof, no fact checking when the Dems hurl charges at their opposition etc.
Yup, business as usual for the party of inclusion and tolerance
I expect that the SC Republican Party will start the dirty politics on the Democrat now that they could not stop her. We will wait to see if she starts the trash politics that she was subjected to by her own Republican Party.
Sarah barracudas friend is as loose as a goose. If the SC voters are as religious as they claim to be, she does not have a snow ball chance of winning.
The people have caught on to the lying 2 faced liberals that run as democrats. Haley will win hands down. Even people that call themselves dem's see that their party is screwing America.
But, Haley added: "Don't get too excited, we're not there yet."
That is correct, not there yet, and you will not, PERIOD.
Just another job lost to India,now they own the whole state.
Congratulations, Ms. Haley! Good Luck!
It's amazing what total lack of character and integrity conservatives seem to like.
Hopefully you'll never get there Nikki. Our country is too important. To think we fought a war to keep South Carolina in the Union. What are the chances of a do-over?
Nobody cares...Not even the people of South Carolina...Another bimbo...