The Republican Governor's Association will spend money in S.C. on behalf of the party's gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. The spending, some say, is a sign Haley might be vulnerable. The RGA is planning to run attack ads on Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen.
Here is what Politico's Jonathan Martin wrote this morning:
“Republican Nikki Haley has enjoyed a commanding lead in the polls for months, but there are signs the race is tightening and Haley has been stung by a series of ethics-related stories regarding her taxes and outside employment as a state legislator.
Republicans are also worried about attempts to resurrect the unsubstantiated claims that she had an extramarital affair.
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So the RGA will hit state Sen. Vincent Sheheen hard, going after the Democrat as a ‘trial lawyer, Barack Obama-loving, pro-illegal immigrant, untrustworthy liberal,’ said a GOP official.
Looking toward 2012, it also wouldn't hurt RGA Chairman Haley Barbour's prospects in the first-in-the-South primary if he were seen as leading the reinforcements that ensured victory for Haley.