The first woman to be a Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina, Nikki Haley won the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s runoff over Congressman Gresham Barrett. Haley is also the first Indian-American to lead a major ticket in the state.
Haley had 65 percent of the vote. She will face Democrat Vince Sheheen in November.
She gave her acceptance speech during a party at the State Museum. For his support, she thanked Attorney General Henry McMaster, who was her foe in the Republican primary until two weeks ago.
The Election Commission says only 3.6 percent of the state’s 2.6 million voters voted Tuesday, compared to almost 20 percent two weeks ago.