South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to seek re-election
August 12th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
1 year ago

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to seek re-election

(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will formally announce her re-election bid Aug. 26, her spokesman confirmed in a Tweet Monday morning.

Haley's planned announcement was first reported by The Greenville News in an article Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey tweeted Monday.

The first-term Republican governor and her early primary state are fast-becoming a popular rallying point in the wider 2016 windup. Haley will make her reelection announcement at the same high-priced fundraising event in Greenville, South Carolina where three potential Republican contenders for the next presidential election will be "special guests."

First on CNN: Trio of 2016 Republicans heading to South Carolina

Haley will be joined onstage at her fundraiser by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry was an early contender in the 2012 Republican primaries for president and Walker and Jindal are both teasing runs this time.

National Democrats have also weighed in heavily on the South Carolina governor's race. Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, both thought to be 2016 presidential candidates, have already been to South Carolina to campaign and fundraise for Haley's challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Sheehen is well behind Haley in fundraising, with about half a million dollars in his war chest to the governor's $2.5 million. The two fought a tight election campaign in 2010, with Haley edging out Sheehen by less than five points.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. kirk

    How bright can shall be.she knows the gop hates women.she does not seem to care.power is worth turning her back on women's rights? Catch how disgusting this voter restriction thing gets next year they have zero shame

    August 12, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Data Driven

    I suspect the only reason she isn't running for President is the alleged extramarital affair she had with that conservative blogger. While South Carolina is unfazed by conservative politicians' extramarital affairs (clearly), the national media would eat her alive.

    August 12, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. wendel

    lets hope the voters have more sense. so much for the old repo standby family values

    August 12, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. just sayin

    wow... the hatefilled leftists war on women is certainly in full swing here this morning!

    good news... keep that governor's seat in republican hands and away from the criminal democrats.

    August 12, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The first-term Republican governor and her early primary state are fast-becoming a popular rallying point in the wider 2016 windup."

    South Carolina as a popular rallying point for the 2016 general election? Not likely.

    But, hey, if saying so keeps Haley in the spotlight as an up and coming (and very unpopular) GOPerville rising star, what the heck, CNN. Go for it.

    August 12, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Gary

    Why not. When she took over SC was one of the worse states in all catagories. After 4 years, it remains the same. At least she hasn't let it sink any lower.

    August 12, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Thomas

    How much tax payer money did she spend on her trip to Paris ?

    August 12, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    wow... the hatefilled leftists war on women is certainly in full swing here this morning!

    good news... keep that governor's seat in republican hands and away from the criminal democrats.
    ****************
    Yes, gotta make sure that SC stays in the bottom of every category that matters: did you check out the child mortality figures in SC, or are you too busy insulting people to care about the hell on earth you want to create, so long as no one asks you to help anyone in need?

    August 12, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. teaparty days are numbered

    south carolina voters are some of the most uneducated in the country, they vote against their best interest time and time again who in their right mind would vote for people that want to take government tax dollars away from a state thats people depend on so much government help.

    August 12, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |