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Haley Wins Republican Nomination for S.C. Gov.

Nikki Haley has won the Republican nomination for governor in South Carolina.

Haley brushed aside allegations of marital infidelity and an ethnic slur to come within a percentage point of winning the gubernatorial nod on June 8. She won the runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett and moved a step closer to becoming the first female governor in the conservative-leaning state.

Renee McKissick, 53, of Columbia, said she voted for Haley two weeks ago and felt coming out Tuesday would validate that decision.

"I like Haley because she's firm in her convictions and she didn't let any of the attacks of the last weeks get to her," McKissick said. Special Report: Campaign 2010

Haley handily beat Barrett, two other Republicans and allegations of infidelity two weeks ago, but she didn't earn the 50 percent needed to win the nomination outright, triggering a runoff that has grown nastier by the day.

She's considered the front-runner in the race against the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. The disgraced GOP Gov. Mark Sanford is leaving the post because of term limits.

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