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Nikki Haley Wins Primary Run-Off

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Posted on June 23 2010 2:00 pm
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While the chattering class busily pats the South on the back for their “maturing” stance on identity politics (“Looks like Haley might shatter that South Carolina glass ceiling,” and “She’s got some Indian in her, didn’t you know?  Good on those southerners!”), Nikki Haley the candidate survived a brutal primary challenge emerging as the Republican nominee for governor.  Regardless of sex or racial heritage, Haley won amidst scurrilous personal attacks, demonstrating distinct poise and determination.

She now faces Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen who, according Politico, shouldn’t be discounted despite underdog status:

Still, Democrats are confident they have a top-notch candidate in Sheheen, who won a decisive 59 percent of the vote in the primary two weeks ago and avoided a runoff. He also has a family history in South Carolina politics. His uncle, Bob Sheheen, was the last Democrat to be speaker of the state House, and his father, Fred Sheheen, headed the state Commission on Higher Education.

Democratic observers in South Carolina say Sheheen is unlikely to go negative in traditional South Carolina fashion—and he could have an inroad with moderate Republicans nervous about a continuation of Sanford’s conservative legacy.

We’ll see if those predictions of a pristine Sheheen campaign come to fruition as Democrats seek to align Haley with former Governor Mark Sanford.  The extramarital affair “bait” might be too tempting not to take.

For now, this is Haley’s moment of celebration.

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