Nikki Haley wins GOP nomination for governor in South Carolina
Nikki Haley, with the help of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin, overtook the old boy network to win the GOP runoff.
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In a fitting twist, Haley gave her victory speech at the entrance to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.Skip to next paragraph
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Scott, also a state lawmaker, beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. Sen. and former segregationist Strom Thurmond in the runoff after securing the backing of Palin, the anti-tax Club for Growth and several Republican leaders in Washington. With 100 percent of precincts counted, he had 68 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Thurmond.
The GOP-leaning district stretches down the Carolina coast and includes Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. If elected to the House, Scott would be the GOP's first black lawmaker since Oklahoma's J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
Scott will face Democrat Ben Frasier, who also is black, in November, and is strongly favored to win. The district, which is 72 percent white, has sent a Republican to Congress for three decades. Rep. Henry Brown is retiring.
Aside from Barrett, the bailout vote thwarted Inglis' quest for another term in the 4th Congressional District. Spartanburg prosecutor Gowdy forced Inglis into a runoff after making the race a referendum on the incumbent's bailout vote and casting him as not conservative enough for the district.
Elsewhere, Marshall beat former Army prosecutor Cal Cunningham, a blow to Democratic Party leaders in Washington who recruited him and spent more than $100,000 to boost his candidacy. Despite holding statewide office for more than a decade, Marshall portrayed herself as an outsider while claiming she was an advocate for average citizens and fought against powerful industries.
In Utah, businessman Tim Bridgewater and Lee battled for the GOP Senate nomination. It's likely whoever wins will become the next Utah senator. A Democrat hasn't won a Senate race in Utah since 1970.
The victor will succeed Bennett, who lost his bid last month for a fourth term. Conservatives at the GOP state convention punished him for his support of the bailout, officially known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
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