June 14th, 2010
07:53 PM ET
12 years ago

McMaster to endorse Haley

(CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley will pick up a major endorsement Tuesday from one of her former rivals in the Republican primary – Attorney General Henry McMaster.

McMaster campaign manager Trey Walker told CNN that the attorney general plans to formally back Haley’s bid in a press conference Tuesday morning at his campaign headquarters in Columbia.

Haley’s sweeping victory in the four-way GOP primary last Tuesday ended McMaster’s gubernatorial ambitions, but the two Republicans maintained a friendly relationship throughout the race and spoke by phone several times in the wake of Haley’s win.

McMaster finished in third place, just behind Rep. Gresham Barrett, who faces Haley in a June 22 runoff.

Haley spoke warmly of McMaster the day after her big win, calling him “amazing” and “a joy to campaign with.”

McMaster’s campaign never became embroiled in the nasty back-and-forth over allegations that Haley had multiple extramarital affairs, but his reticence to get involved effectively pushed him out of the headlines in the final weeks of the race.

The fourth candidate in the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, endorsed Barrett last week.

Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Filed under: 2010 • Henry McMaster • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    Who the heck cares, by now, what the alleged "results" or forecasts say about elections in South Carolina? What a crock of warts you folks have down there. Who's running your government? If the state and Senate elections are at all reflective of what happens, i cannot imagine what goes on at the county and town levels where there is even less oversight and sunlight.

    Haley-it's all yours. Good luck, folks.

    June 14, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Who cares who endorses whom. It's SC!!! 🙁 🙁

    June 14, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Larry Batek

    If you are drowning in oil,you take the life preserver.BP is going to take its business elsewhere.BP is not the enemy.This is our incompetent government.Specifically the agency for minerals and mining.This is a joke.These oil outlaws will do the same in Britain as here in the U.S.A.

    June 14, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Richard Komi

    In politics, there are no parmanent enemies just parmanent interest.

    June 14, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |