State Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, used the word, "raghead" to describe Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Rep. Nikki Haley, also of Lexington County, and President Barack Obama during an online political talk show Thursday evening.
Haley is of Indian descent. Obama, who is bi-racial, has an African father and white mother.
Knotts, who supports Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the Republican primary battle, said, We already got one raghead in the White House, we dont need a raghead in the governors mansion, according to several people at the live broadcast of "Pub Politics."
State Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd issued a statement, calling on Knotts to apologize.
-- John OConnor and Gina Smith