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March 29, 2014

Nikki Haley gets a primary challenger

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

Gov. Nikki Haley has a primary challenger.

Former S.C. Rep. Tom Ervin, a Greenville attorney and radio station owner who was once a Democrat, filed Saturday to run for the Republican nomination against the first-term governor from Lexington.

“This is out of nowhere,” S.C. GOP political consultant Chip Felkel said.

With filing ending at noon Sunday, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen does not have a primary opponent. Libertarian Steve French has filed, and the newly formed American Party also is expected to field a candidate.

Read why Ervin is running and more about his background.

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