Nikki Haley Wins Republican Primary Runoff in South Carolina

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.

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