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Nikki Haley of South Carolina: rise of a new GOP star

Nikki Haley won the Republican primary runoff for governor of South Carolina on Tuesday. An Indian-American, she is the favorite to best Democrat Vincent Sheheen in November.

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Nikki Haley, center, is joined on stage by her family, and former opponent, Attorney General Henry McMaster, left, after winning the Republican nomination for governor in Columbia, S.C.,Tuesday.

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In a party eager for political talent that isn’t white and male, Republican Nikki Haley has already made her mark.

The Indian-American state legislator from South Carolina decisively won her primary runoff for governor Tuesday, beating Rep. Gresham Barrett (R) 65 percent to 35 percent. She goes into her general election contest against Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen, a state senator, as the favorite in this solidly red state. If Ms. Haley wins, she would be South Carolina’s first woman governor and the first Indian-American woman in the country to win such a post. She would also join Bobby Jindal of Louisiana as the second Indian-American governor in the US.

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