Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has taken a lie detector test, the results of which he says prove he was not behind attacks against Nikki Haley, who he is running against him in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Haley accused Bauer of being behind accusations that she engaged in marital infidelity. One of the two men who said they had relationships with Haley, Larry Marchant, worked as a fund raiser with Bauer’s campaign until he was let go last week. Bauer then challenged Haley to take a lie detector test. Bauer says Haley refused the test, but he took one, given Sunday by an individual certified to administer polygraphs.
Will Folks, a former spokesman to Governor Sanford who previously worked with the Haley campaign, said weeks ago that he had a relationship with Haley. Haley denied the accusations from both Folks and Marchant.
Bauer said from the campaign trail in Greenville that he was just defending his position since he was the one accused.
Marchant said he felt that the entire issue hurt Bauer’s campaign. Bauer agreed.
Polls have showed Haley in the lead ahead of other Republicans: Attorney General Henry McMaster, Congressman Gresham Barrett, and Bauer. Bauer says polls are just polls.
Speaking of negative campaigning, Bauer says he was disturbed to find small signs in Greenville calling him a racist.