Haley survives SC primary, will face Barrett in a run off
Allegations of infidelity failed to derail the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Nikki Haley yesterday. She will face Congressman Gresham Barrett in a runoff election June 22. Last minute confessions by two men who claim to have had affairs with Nikki Haley did little to dissuade her voters. The Tea Party favorite came just shy of the 50 percent of votes she needed to avoid a run off election in the four-way Republican race. Haley hopes to become the state's first female governor. "We went up against some hard name people," said Haley in her victory speech, referring to her opponents: Attorney General Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer and Congressman Gresham Barrett. "We had no name i-d and we had no money, but we had you!" she told supporters. Haley surged from behind in May with the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The last minute allegations of adultery only seemed to solidify support for Haley. She will face Republican Congressman Gresham Barrett in a runoff on June 22nd. The winner will go up against Democratic state Senator Vincent Sheheen in November. Sheheen easily secured the votes he needed to avoid a runoff against State Superintendent Jim Rex. "I have heard loud and clear that in South Carolina it is time for something new!" said Sheheen at a Primary election celebration in his hometown of Camden. South Carolina voters last elected a Democrat as governor in 1998. Republican Governor Mark Sanford was elected in 2003 and will leave office at the end of this year because of term limits.