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Palin-ite plays on purse strings in South Carolina governor race

Latest update : 2010-11-03

The race: South Carolina governor

The candidates: Nikki Haley (Republican) vs. Vincent Sheheen (Democrat)

The intrigue: Republican candidate Nikki Haley has been riding a strong current of steadfast conservative support, sailing past rumors of marital infidelity and scandal during the Republican primaries to take the lead in the run for governor. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley has been pegged as one of the many right-leaning female politicians to rise up in the wake of Sarah Palin, who endorsed Haley in May. A former accountant, Haley has built her platform on fiscal conservatism, declaring herself against wasteful government spending and in support of business.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen has been campaigning on the tag-line “This time we need a governor we can trust”, suggesting that Haley is no more trust-worthy than exiting South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, whose career nearly went up in flames over a sex scandal. Sheheen has accused Haley of dodging taxes, hiding contracts and political flip-flopping while pledging to reform the state’s government.

The odds: South Carolina is not a state known for harbouring left-leaning tendencies, and this year’s race for governor is unlikely to change that. While some polls show the gap between the candidates shrinking, Haley appears to enjoy a solid lead over Sheheen.

Winner: Nikki Haley

 

Date created : 2010-10-08

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