In this May 14, 2010 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to supporters after she endorses S.C. gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley,left, during a campaign rally at The Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. With support from tea party voters and Sarah Palin, state Rep. Nikki Haley entered a Republican runoff Tuesday that could move her closer to becoming South Carolina’s first woman governor. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Nikki Haley won her primary runoff tonight in South Carolina.
The AP reported:
Nikki Haley’s victory in South Carolina’s bruising GOP primary for governor moves the state lawmaker closer to becoming her state’s first woman chief executive and America’s first Sikh-born governor, while assuring her a place on the national political scene.
Like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who immediately touched off presidential talk when he won his state’s governorship, Haley’s primary victory sets off talk of a possible vice presidential campaign in 2012. As an Indian-American woman from an early primary state, she would bring a combination of diversity and conservatism that many in the GOP have been seeking.
Little known even in her own state just months ago, Haley got a crucial boost with early support from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the tea party movement.