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McMaster to endorse Haley

Jun 14, 2010 9:22:00 PM - thestate.com

The gubernatorial campaign for Lexington state Rep. Nikki Haley announced it would hold a joint news conference with S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster Tuesday, in which McMaster will endorse Haley’s bid to become the nominee.

McMaster, who finished third in primary voting last week, once led the Republican field for governor. But Haley’s late charge and the endorsement she picked up from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pushed Haley to the lead.

The three-term state representative garnered 49 percent of the primary vote last week and nearly secured the nomination. Haley would have needed a simple majority to become the party’s first female gubernatorial nominee. Barrett, who earned 22 percent of the vote, will face Haley in a runoff. Barrett was endorsed by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer last week, who finished last in the GOP race for governor. Voters will return to the polls June 22.

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