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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:20 PM

Here's why Nikki Haley will be SC's next US Senator

DeMint's resignation has caught everyone in SC by surprise. A story in today's State newspaper http://www.thestate.com/2012/12/06/2545982/sc-governors-job-approval-rating.html showed that Haley's popularity is almost 10 points lower than Obama! That is not a misprint. You would think Obama would rank somewhere below General Sherman in SC, but his approval is at 48% while Haley is at 38.3%. Disapproval is 41.3 for Haley and 41.2 for Obama. SC Senators are rarely beaten (although Graham will have a tough primary challenge from a Teabagger) so Nikki may feel that is a better shot than possibly losing re-election to the State House.

One reason for Haley's bad showing is that the state Dept of Revenue did not have its data encrypted, and someone hacked in and stole almost all of the tax records for the last 10-15 years, personal and business. The state is forking over more than $12 million to give everyone a free year of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance, but after that everyone will have to pay $3-400 a year to keep it in place.

One interesting note- Whoever is appointed only serves until the next election in 2014. So, the state will have both US Senate seats on the ballot: A new 6 year term for Lindsay Graham's seat and the remaining 2 years on DeMint's seat. The last time SC had this situation Governor Donald Russell (later President of USC and a federal judge) appointed himself to the vacancy. The public didn't like that, so in 1966 Fritz Hollings beat Russell for the seat, and held it until 2005 when he retired and the seat was won by............Jim DeMint.

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SCantiGOP Dec 2012 #1
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daa Dec 2012 #4
SCantiGOP Dec 2012 #5
onehandle Dec 2012 #6

Response to SCantiGOP (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:59 PM

1. update

Rep Tim Scott, who is now the House's only black representative, is a name that everyone is throwing out. I think Nikki will pull the Cheney, as in when he was asked to head the group to find W's VP and all of a sudden, he realized it was himself he had been looking for.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:12 PM

2. Halley will be under a lot of pressure to appoint Scott

 

End of the day, though, she'll have many more options as a former US Senator than as a former SC Governor, especially since she'll have SC governor on her resume any way.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:32 PM

3. Traditionally Governors who appoint themselves lose

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Response to SCantiGOP (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:57 PM

4. Not happening --she pissed off the good ole boys she is toast. Nt

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Response to daa (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:21 PM

5. I agree she has pissed off the good ole boys

but I think that is more reason for her to bolt to the Senate job rather than have them working against her in her Gov re-election.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:28 PM

6. She'll appoint someone disposable then run herself.

Bet on it.

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