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Nikki Haley won second term as South Carolina Governor

Nov 5, 2014 17:30 IST

Indian-American Nikki Haley on 4 November 2014 won second term as South Carolina Governor. She was declared elected with an impressive 57.8 per cent of the votes. She defeated her rival Vincent Sheheen with less than 40 per cent of the votes.

Haley, South Carolina’s first minority and first female governor, already is a familiar figure. The victory has raised her profile in the Republican Party at the national level.

During the election campaign, top Republican leaders, including the former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and the Governors of Louisiana Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Chris Christie respectively, had canvassed for her.

Haley is considered one of the most popular governors in the US. She raised more than 8 million US Dollar in her re-election campaign as against 3.5 million US Dollar by her rival Sheheen.

About Nikki Haley

Haley is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina. At the age of 42, Haley is the youngest current governor in the United States.

She is one of two sitting Indian American governors in the United States, the other being fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. She is also the third person who is not Euro-American to have been elected as governor of a Southern state, after Virginia's L. Douglas Wilder and Louisiana's Jindal.

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