June 22nd, 2010
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Haley expected to cruise to GOP nod in S.C. governor's race

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - The Republican gubernatorial runoff in South Carolina started with a bang, but it appears the race will go out with a whimper.

The closing month of the four-way GOP primary took a particularly nasty tone, even by South Carolina's famously bare-knuckle standards, as front-runner Nikki Haley withstood multiple allegations of infidelity and an ethnic slur hurled at her by a self-described "redneck" lawmaker and political foe.

Haley, hoping to become the state's first female governor, nearly cruised to a breathtaking win. She captured just under half the vote and almost avoided a two-week runoff against the second-place finisher, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.

But it's been a somewhat sleepy two weeks in the Palmetto state ever since as Haley kept relentlessly to her reform message and Barrett struggled to find ways to blunt her momentum.

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Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
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  1. obama victim

    way to go Haley

    June 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. and it just won't get any better for S.C.

    I am expecting S.C. to continue where it is, can't go further down than the bottom

    and so it will be continued bottom, with a chance of bottom, tomorrow's forecast bottom

    if you can't pick better canidates then you reap what you have sewn

    June 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. kimberly

    I agree with NOTHING this woman says and believe her to be very dangerous for this country, however, she has taken alot of heat from the LOON running against her and I think, from what i have seen, handled it with grace and dignity. I am sure she is what the people of SC want, as the whole state is a little backwards, and the saving grace is she is TOO right for the national stage and will never shine outside of SC.

    June 22, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. JJ

    The bar is set pretty low in SC.

    June 22, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    OH NO. I hope she has time to train with Sour Palin on the proper pageant wavin' technique and some folksy talkin'....

    June 22, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |