The South Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary could give us the next rising Republican star in the form of Indian-American state lawmaker Nikki Haley. As Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson reports, she's still expected to win her runoff on Tuesday against Rep. Gresham Barrett, after failing to capture 50% of the vote as the clear winner of last week's primary vote: private polling shows her with a huge lead.
If Haley wins on Tuesday, she'll probably be the next governor of South Carolina. If she is, she'll join the latest crop of Republicans waiting in the wings for national stardom, reaching equal status as Scott Brown, Marco Rubio, and Bob McDonnell. She's already attracted endorsements from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.
While larger forces and figures in the GOP seem to like her, she's somewhat of a divisive figure in South Carolina GOP circles. Her critics accuse her of self-interest and alienating fellow Republicans. One gets the sense that those who aren't for her are very much against her. But it seems the only thing that could potentially stop her are the multiple affair allegations that have dogged her; but those have had weeks to circulate, without dragging her down in polls. At this point, barring a new revelation to substantiate them, Haley appears to be on track for the national GOP limelight.