(CNN) – Republican Nikki Haley has defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the race for South Carolina governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is term-limited. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN)- South Carolina gubernatorial candidates Vincent Sheheen and Nikki Haley sparred on the stimulus, the budget and jobs during their second televised debate in Columbia Monday night.
Haley, the Republican candidate, said she had a ten year business plan for the state that she would begin implementing on her first day in office. Democrat Sheheen said his first task would be to appoint a strong commerce secretary to help him bring jobs back to South Carolina, where the unemployment rate is 11.5%.
(CNN) - Tea Party favorites have taken the lead in major South Carolina races. Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint are ahead in a new Winthrop Poll of likely voters released Wednesday.
Haley leads Democratic state representative Vincent Sheheen by 9 percent, but 26 percent of Haley supporters and 18 percent of Sheehen supporters say they might change their minds before Election Day in November.
(CNN) – A veteran Republican strategist who helped engineer John McCain's South Carolina presidential primary victory in 2008 has joined Nikki Haley's gubernatorial campaign as a senior adviser.
Trey Walker, who also advised McCain's unsuccessful 2000 bid, has signed on with the Republican to assist with communications efforts.
(CNN) – It's an eye for an eye in South Carolina, where the gubernatorial race is heating up.
Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen released his second television ad Wednesday, a 31-second spot entitled "Think," which claims his opponent, Nikki Haley, was "handpicked by (former Gov.) Mark Sanford," and accuses her of wanting to "put a tax on our groceries" while being fined for "failing to pay her own taxes." The ad also states that Haley "hid a $40,000 contract that she got because of her connections." The claims in the ad come from people who appear to be voters, rather than Sheheen himself.
Nikki Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey lashed out at Sheheen for launching a "negative ad filled with personal attacks." But the state House member and GOP nominee's campaign did not waste time firing back with a new ad .
(CNN) - In the Democrat's first television ad of the general election, South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheehen is going full steam ahead with his message that a vote for Republican Nikki Haley is a vote for four more years of Gov. Mark Sanford.
"After eight years of Mark Sanford, we need a governor to lead us in a new direction," Sheheen says in the ad. "I stood up against Mark Sanford. Nikki Haley says she wants to follow in his footsteps. I say this time, we need a governor we can trust."
Haley was a top ally of Sanford's in the state House and entered the governor's race with the backing of his political allies, a troublesome association given Sanford's combative relationship with state legislators and his notorious admission of marital infidelity last summer.
(CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is bringing on a veteran political hand to help steer his campaign against Republican Nikki Haley, multiple Democrats in the state told CNN Friday.
Sheheen has hired Tim Shock, who managed the successful 1998 campaign of Jim Hodges, the last Democrat to hold the South Carolina governor's mansion. Hodges was unseated in 2002 by Mark Sanford.
State and national Democrats are increasingly confident about Sheheen's chances. The state Senator has courted the business community while also working to exploit a rift between Haley and establishment Republicans anxious about her fiscally conservative agenda.
(CNN) - Less than two days after South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley captured her party's gubernatorial nomination, the state GOP has begun an effort to cast her rival as "a liberal in a moderate's clothes."
Haley will face off in November against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. In a statement Thursday, the head of the South Carolina GOP took issue with Sheheen's views on illegal immigration as just one example of what the state party says is a larger pattern with the candidate.
"When it comes to illegal immigration, Senator Sheheen was too busy trying to appease ultra liberals to realize that South Carolinians expect tough action," South Carolina Republican Party chairwoman Karen Floyd said in a written statement.
"Unfortunately, this is part of a larger pattern with Senator Sheheen – a voting record that doesn't reflect South Carolina values, and instead follows the Washington liberal model of more government, more spending and more debt."