Haley takes victory after heated battle

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina elected the state's first female governor Tuesday, choosing a three-term Republican state representative who had the backing of Sarah Palin and campaigned stridently as a political outsider seeking to derail entrenched interests in her state's Capitol.

State Rep. Nikki Haley will become the nation's second Indian-American governor when she replaces outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford, her longtime advocate who will end his tenure in January. Louisiana's Bobby Jindal also is Indian-American.

Haley, a 38-year-old married mother of two, shouldered unproved accusations of infidelity, questions about her finances and experience and the hand-wringing of business groups and fellow Republicans worried she will continue Sanford's acrimonious relationship with the state Legislature's GOP leaders.

A tea party favorite, Haley won with about 52 percent of the votes over state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's 46 percent, with 85 percent of precincts reporting.

Sheheen, a 39-year-old Democrat, gave a thumbs-up as he thanked supporters who chanted "Vincent."

"I look out in this crowd and I know that just like me, you wish with all your might that we could take this state in a new direction, and it was close, oh, oh, so close, and we saw that glimmer. One day that glimmer will grow and burn brightly," he said.

Haley now must deal with double-digit unemployment that has eclipsed the national average for years and sagging state revenues that have cut resources for schools and colleges.

She inherits an elbows-out Legislature bristling after eight years of Sanford's vetoes and public castigations, much over spending.

Haley last week was invited to meet soon after the election with state Senate Republicans -- a request that came shortly after she vowed to "burn" lawmakers who defy her expectations as governor.

The child of Sikh immigrants -- now a Methodist -- Haley grew up in rural Bamberg County and helped run her parents' clothing business, working as a bookkeeper starting in her teens.

Haley faced more opposition in her primary run than during the General Election. Two men had claimed they had affairs with her. Neither Sheheen nor partisan political groups made the allegations a central focus in debates or the massive advertising campaigns that flooded state airwaves, though he did attack her for being dishonest on other fronts.

Haley was beset by criticism raised when her campaign attempted to score points. She boasted of working as a bookkeeper for her parents' clothing business, yet both the candidate and the company repeatedly were penalized for not paying taxes on time. She tried to slam Sheheen for missing votes in the Legislature, yet she also neglected to attend meetings.

Haley's marquee issue of government transparency took a hit after she released tax records in June that showed she was paid more than $40,000 by an engineering firm for generating business leads. Haley did not report that link on ethics forms, but defended that saying the law didn't require her to do so.

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mable8
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mable8 11/03/10 - 04:20 am
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Congratulations Haley, you

Congratulations Haley, you ran an honest campaign and worked hard and it paid off. Mr Sheheen, in the future, should you plan to seek another office, I suggest you leave out the smear tactics and dirty politics--behave yourself and you might get rewarded.

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charliemanson 11/03/10 - 05:32 am
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Congratulations Nikki. May

Congratulations Nikki. May the Indian flag replace the Confederate one, now.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/03/10 - 05:43 am
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"May the Indian Flag fly in

"May the Indian Flag fly in place of the Confederate one." Stupid comment...

No foreign flag has any business flying o'er the seat of any American place of government.

Sheeeesh!

GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 11/03/10 - 06:31 am
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And, the first time Governor

And, the first time Governor Haley appoints a "faith based committe" to oversee the business of any state institution, I'll be among the first to call for the help of the ACLU to remedy that offense to the separation of church and state.

GGpap

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/03/10 - 06:14 am
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Show me GGpap where it

Show me GGpap where it specifically says in the Constitution "separation of church and state".

BTW, congratulations Nikki.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/03/10 - 06:40 am
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Overburdened, I don't give

Overburdened, I don't give qive hoot whether it is "written" in the constituion as long as the intent is clear; and the jurists in our supreme court have determined that the intent is, indeed, quite clear.

I would suggest you research the court findings in the many cases that the ACLU have brought before the courts that end in decisions favoring the cause of the ACLU.

It is a living constitution, sir...not a dead and barren piece of paper written by good and intelligent patriots that assumed it to be the final, binding word for generations to come.

GGpap

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aahhuh 11/03/10 - 07:19 am
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OH Boy!!! Here we go again!!!

OH Boy!!! Here we go again!!! Can't we all just get along?

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/03/10 - 07:25 am
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GGpapa said :"No foreign flag

GGpapa said :"No foreign flag has any business flying o'er the seat of any American place of government." Yet, the Battle Flag of used by the Confederate States of America flies proudly on Statehouse grounds in Columbia. I guess you can't see that the Confederacy was not a part of the United States.....

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aahhuh 11/03/10 - 07:51 am
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AMEN Brother! They can see

AMEN Brother! They can see the splinter in someone's else eye but can't see the tree in their eyes!! Funny isn't it!!

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aahhuh 11/03/10 - 08:41 am
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And another thing! Haley

And another thing! Haley needs to be careful beacause she is a indian and a female! Just like Piranhas and Sharks if she shows any sign of weakest or bleeds. The qroup that elected Haley will turn on her and tear her apart! In their eyes you are a foreigner never an american! Remember that!

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aureliusdios 11/03/10 - 08:58 am
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Yes, she'll have to be

Yes, she'll have to be flawless. People will turn on her like rabid dogs if she makes one or two errors. Let's see what she can do about SC's dismal poverty, education, domestic violence, DUI and employment statistics. No, man has been able to make any improvements. Good luck, Governor Haley!

HDawg
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HDawg 11/03/10 - 11:36 am
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You got beat up BY A

You got beat up BY A GIRL!!!!!!

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 11/03/10 - 11:53 am
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onlysane1left Wednesday, Nov.

onlysane1left Wednesday, Nov. 3 7:25 AM Yet, the Battle Flag of used by the Confederate States of America flies proudly on Statehouse grounds in Columbia
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The Confederate flag flies as part of the decaration on a Confederate soldier's monument. Nothing more or nothing less.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/03/10 - 06:06 pm
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GGpap - It says in the

GGpap - It says in the Constitution "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

Why do you want to limit MY exercise thereof? Even though "jurists" have said "separation of church and state" I just don't see it. All it says regarding that is that CONGRESS shall make no law ESTABLISHING a religion. I don't see anybody telling you with a law what religion you have to be.

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Sweet son 11/03/10 - 07:12 pm
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Why can't she just be an

Why can't she just be an American or a South Carolinan? I don't want to be an Irish American or a white American. I just want to be an American. She just needs to do the job and the media should not hang handles on her. She will have a hard time but I wish her the best. She must do better than the Applachian hiker.

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