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Nikki Haley……..Who should be South Carolina's next governor……..Backrounder…….

With all the dirty tricks against her…

And national attention…

It is almost a lock that she will win the run off election on June 22 in South Carolina….

With the make-up of the state….

She will become the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat from out going Governor Stanford….

Just who is the woman?

Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie.

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Ms. Haley, 38, upended things again last week after a sharp-elbowed primary that included allegations of marital infidelity and pitted her against the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and a congressman. Ms. Haley, a state legislator, received 49 percent of the vote, but faces a June 22 runoff with Representative Gresham Barrett, whom she beat by more than 25 points Tuesday. And this from a campaign that was so underfinanced that it had to sell yard signs at $5 apiece, Ms. Haley said.

Now, she finds herself one of the brightest rising stars in theRepublican Party, a Tea Party favorite, a Sarah Palin endorsee and the subject of national attention.

“I love that people think it’s a good story, but I don’t understand how it’s different,” she said in an interview Friday, in a voice with a faint watermark of Southern drawl. “I feel like I’m just an accountant and businessperson who wants to be a part of state government.”

Ms. Haley — born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa and always called Nikki, which means “little one,” by her family — said that growing up in Bamberg was at times tough. Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

But her political rise has raised questions about her difference, and she has become more careful about how she presents the religious aspect, in particular, of her life.


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  1. Haley is certainly the favorite

    But “prohibitive” might be a stretch

    In my view the GE will be a close one

    Indeed legislative Republicans dont care much for Haley

    And may be inclined to surreptitiously support her Democratic opponent

    State Sen Vince Sheheen

    Previously I would have given Sheheen a 1 in 10 chance

    Now I would rate him about a 4 in 10

    Still the underdog

    But within striking distance

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. 4 to 10?

    The guy is in deep shit…..

    And he IS a democrat in South Carolina…..

    Come on….

    He, he, he…..

    Give me and Haley some slack…..
    Even the dem leaning Dog knows this one is going the other way….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. Oh I still rate Haley the favorite

    But there is a LOT of water to flow under the bridge yet

    You may be surprised

    A lot of Republicans HATE Sanford

    And she is his candidate

    Further 52% of Republicans DIDNT vote for her last week

    Finally the total votes cast in the GOP and Democratic primaries totals about 25% of the expected vote in November

    Slow up on the Koolaid there dog!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. The state has it’s problems….

    It’s like Saturday night at the amateur hour in politics……

    He, he, he

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  5. kinda embarrassing, yo!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  6. James B and Jack, Haley wins pretty easily over Shaheen (62-36) and takes over the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion come January 12, 2011.

    James B, have you tried this site ?


    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  7. Even if Sheheen loses

    He will get 45-48% of the vote

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  8. Jack, once LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said the lost the South forever and he was right and SC Democrats were declared DOA once that legislation was signed into law, with Strom Thurmond bolting to the GOP, then years later, Dems lost majority of statewide offices and both houses of the Legislature.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • The important thing is he signed the act…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  9. Thanks for the history lesson CD

    I really didnt need it

    I actually lived through all that

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  10. Not a lock at all

    This the fight of her life

    Barrett got the TKE network when Bauer endorses him

    I am going to be active in the race

    I have a lil free time this week and it will be spent helping the Haley campaign

    I wanted Robert Ford for Governor BIG TIME

    but between Barrett and Haley

    I am pulling for Haley

    I ALWAYS KNEW one day me and Mitt Romney would be on the same team


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  11. The REAL TRUTH about the Civil Rights Act and the GOP


    There has been so much controversy over the Civil Rights [legislation], … and the truth was, Republicans voted for it and the Democrats voted against it. …

    Conservative Democrat dont let those DEMOCRATS rewrite history

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Ok TPL did you read the link?

      Democrats IN THE SOUTH voted against the bill…
      I suppose they knew it was a death sentence for the democratic party in the South….They where right….

      The Democrats in the 39 states not in the South VOTED FOR the bill by 100% in the Senate and 94% in the House……

      When you put something out there …..

      READ IT!

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  12. Too bad you cant vote for Haley isnt it nut nut?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  13. As to post #11

    Scott and I exposed that BS on the other thread

    What a lying sack of ****

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 14, 2010 | Reply

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