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ELECTION 2014: Nikki Haley praises Lindsey Graham, stops short of endorsement

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley praised U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in an interview with CNN Thursday, but stopped short of a formal endorsement, according to CNN’s Peter Hamby.

“I have made it very clear I am not going to be involved in any South Carolina races," Haley told CNN while attending a Republican Governors Association meeting in Arizona. "But I want to say this: on any issue that I have had to deal with Lindsey on, whether it was the NLRB issue, whether it was voter ID, whether it's been on the fight that we've had with Obamacare, or whether its been fighting for our businesses in South Carolina, Lindsey has dropped everything to help with those fights," she said. "And so for that I'm very grateful for him."

Haley declined to say whether her support was an endorsement, Hamby wrote.

"It's my answer," she said.

The support comes one day after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott passed twice on saying whether he would endorse his fellow S.C. senator, Republican Lindsey Graham, during an appearance on CNN’s Crossfire.