GOVERNOR’S WANING INFLUENCE FURTHER WEAKENED BY PRIMARY RESULTS
S.C. governor Nikki Haley bet big on establishment “Republican” Marco Rubio during the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary – and lost big. Now she’s experiencing a similar sinking feeling as it relates to state-level politics …
Haley-backed candidates lost big in a pair of high-profile State Senate races on Tuesday – although the governor did contribute to the defeat of one incumbent State Senator, liberal Wes Hayes of York county, S.C.
Hayes was beaten by former GOP official Wes Climer – knocking him out of the seat he’s held since 1991.
Haley’s top two targets – liberal Senate president Hugh Leatherman and tax-hiking coastal Senator Luke Rankin – easily beat back their Haley-backed primary challengers, though. Leatherman beat former GOP official Richard Skipper by a 54-40 percent margin, while Rankin pummeled his challenger – financial planner Scott Pyle – by a 56-44 percent spread.
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