Tea Party's Nikki Haley Top Vote Getter in SC GOP Primary

RedTracker| Rep Nikki Haley got the most votes in South Carolina’s gubernatorial primary yesterday but will face Rep Gresham Barrett in a runoff election in two weeks to settle the candidate. Haley is shown here with her husband Michael, son Nalin and daughter Rana. 

Haley captured 49 percent of the vote to U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett’s 22 percent. A majority of the vote was needed to avoid the June 22 runoff.  Haley is the Tea Party candidate, endorsed by Sarah Palin, and deeply conservative. It’s believed that Barrett may bow out of the runoff. 

“South Carolina was settling for a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican governor, I won’t stop until we get a conservative House,” she said as supporters cheered.

Shortly after substantial accusations of marital infidelity, which she denied, the married mother of two also had to face being called a “raghead” — a derogatory term for people of Middle Eastern or Indian descent — by one opponent’s backer. The daughter of Sikh immigrants, she would be the nation’s second governor of Indian-American descent. Read on at AP