Haley, Scott Make History in South Carolina Primary Runoff Victories

June 23, 2010 04:55

Nikki Haley, an Indian American woman, and Tim Scott, an African American, broke barriers in South Carolina politics Tuesday by winning their bids for the Republican nominations for governor and a U.S. House seat in November’s midterm election.


Haley, a state representative, is the first South Carolina woman to lead a major party ticket and will face Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen to succeed term-limited Gov. Mark Sanford.

“South Carolina just showed the rest of the country what we’re made of,” Haley told supporters in her victory speech.

“This is a great night for the thousands of people across this state who believed in this underdog campaign and the message of reform,” she said.

She added that her campaign and supporters have a clear message to take to the general election: “We want a conservative government, and we want a government that is accountable to the people.”


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