Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, has endorsed in the state's 2010 gubernatorial race. Sanford backed state Rep. Nikki Haley over some bigger Republican names, including U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), state Attorney General Henry McMaster, and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a political rival of her husband's. Mark Sanford won't be running, as he's term-limited at the end of 2010.
The national political audience came to know Jenny Sanford as the governor's spurned wife, but she's been a political force in the state for some years, having managed her husband's successful campaigns. Her chosen candidate, Haley, has trailed opponents in fundraising, but that could change if Sanford's endorsement helps her tap new sources.