June 9, 2010
Haley Faces Runoff, Lincoln Hangs On in Primaries
Several women held the spotlight Tuesday as 12 states held primary elections.
South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley will face a runoff on June 22 against her nearest competitor, Rep. Gresham Barrett. Haley, who is fighting to succeed outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford, fought allegations from two men who said they had an affair with her.
She also made an effort to highlight her Christian faith. Before the primary, CBN’s David Brody reported that Haley still visits a Sikh temple once or twice a year in respect to her family. Haley converted to Christianity when she was 24 and attends a Methodist church.
State Sen. Jake Knotts apologized for calling Haley a “raghead” on an Internet political talk show before the race. “We already got one raghead in the White House,” Knotts said. “We don’t need another in the Governor’s Mansion.”
Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas won the Democratic primary, beating the more liberal Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. In Nevada, Republican Sharron Angle will take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.
California Republican voters chose former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to face Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown for governor, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.