June 23rd, 2010
07:58 AM ET
8 years ago

Haley to supporters: 'We're not there yet'

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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    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.

    June 23, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    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?

    June 23, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Dave

    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.

    June 23, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. NVa Native

    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.

    June 23, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    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.

    June 23, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. independent

    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?

    June 23, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. 60s survivor

    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

    June 23, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Frank

    Hamby's political ad for Sheheen forgot to mention a Democrat has zero chance of winning in this state....

    June 23, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. barbara

    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.

    June 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. rob

    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

    June 23, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Terry

    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.

    June 23, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Adalbert

    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.

    June 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. dale

    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.

    June 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. carlos

    But, Haley added: "Don't get too excited, we're not there yet."

    That is correct, not there yet, and you will not, PERIOD.

    June 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    Just another job lost to India,now they own the whole state.

    June 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Capt. Snarky

    Congratulations, Ms. Haley! Good Luck!

    June 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. shawn

    It's amazing what total lack of character and integrity conservatives seem to like.

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. sensible Cape Coral FL

    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?

    June 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Bernice

    Nobody cares...Not even the people of South Carolina...Another bimbo...

    June 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |