Republican Nikki Haley's campaign announced on Monday her endorsement from the political committee of South Carolina Citizens for Life, days after two GOP activists questioned her vote on a proposed change to an abortion bill.
Citizens for Life executive director Holly Gatling said Haley scored a 100 on its 19-question election survey. While Democrat Vincent Sheheen has voted with the anti-abortion group, she said, he did not return the survey, so the group backed the candidate who put her commitment in writing, both in the survey and on her Web site.
"We are not making any accusations that Sheheen is in any way hostile to our issues," Gatling said, adding the group is disappointed he didn't fill out the form.
Sheheen's campaign said Monday he's been inundated with questionnaires and hasn't been able to answer many of them, particularly on issues on which the candidates agree. "Both candidates are pro-life, and that's not the issue in this election," said Kristin Cobb.
Abortion takes a central role in legislative debates year after year in this conservative state.