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A state that's slowly getting past the Argentine escapades of soon-to-be-former Gov. Mark Sanford is now preoccupied with charges of adultery and denials involving a Republican candidate to replace him. What is it about South Carolina?
In her latest TV ad, GOP state Rep. and gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley says she's "seen the dark side of our state's politics," before emphasizing her vision for South Carolina, which includes strong schools, a growing economy and a "conservative government that's accountable." She is shown walking hand-in-hand on the beach with husband, Michael, with their two children tagging along. She introduces the man she has said she's been faithful to in 13 years of marriage to answer charges that have disrupted the June 8 primary campaign. Click play below to watch the ad:

On Wednesday, a state lobbyist resigned from a rival political campaign and then became the second man to claim he had a tryst with the 38-year-old Haley, according to an Associated Press report. Haley's campaign denied Larry Marchant's allegation of a one-night stand with Haley during a 2008 school-choice convention in Salt Lake City; he admitted he had no proof.
Marchant resigned from the campaign of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, one of Haley's competitors for the GOP nomination. In conservative South Carolina, the winner the GOP primary has a good chance of occupying the governor's mansion. (Bauer had some trouble of his own a few months ago when he made remarks comparing people who receive public assistance to stray animals.)
"It never happened. Absolutely not," Haley said about Marchant's claim during a debate with Bauer and the two other Republican candidates in Charleston, the AP reports. "This is just disgusting politics. Two or three months ago I was Nikki who?"
"A couple weeks ago we started going double digits up in the polls and now we have had everything thrown at us."
The Democrats running in the primary also debated Wednesday night, in Spartanburg, without nearly as much publicity.
Haley, the Clemson University-educated daughter of Indian immigrants, would be the state's first female governor. She blames Bauer's campaign for this latest allegation, according to a report in The State newspaper.
It is the second such charge against Haley in two weeks. Last week, Will Folks, a political blogger and former Gov. Mark Sanford aide, said he had an inappropriate physical relationship with Haley in the spring of 2007; Haley denied the allegation. Folks has offered telephone records, showing more than 600 phone calls with Haley, and text messages with Haley's campaign as evidence, said The State. The paper has also reported that Folks, Marchant and Bauer have had business relationships. A Haley campaign spokesman said the texts proved nothing.
Jenny Sanford, the current governor's ex-wife, has endorsed Haley in her close primary against Bauer, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster.
Sarah Palin is also a Haley supporter. After Folks came forward, Palin defended her: "Well, whaddaya know?" Palin wrote on Facebook. "South Carolina's conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state's race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface."
The State has published a series of Q & A's with both Democratic and Republican candidates, asking, for example, "How will you help this state create more jobs?"

But for now, no one is talking about that.

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Didn't believe the accusers until now.Why won't Nikki Haley take a lie detector test and prove herself once and for all.Can't believe her comment taht she will quit if allegations are found true aftershe is elected.Don't like politics but that is the most vile peace of politics I have ever heard , why make the people of South Carolina go thru another costly election if you are a liar and know that you will not quit if found out.Maybe this is a way for the Republicans to take the Governors house and find somebady they like to replace the disgraced Nikki.South Carolina please make Nikki take the test before the election ,don't ask for more heartache . If Nikki was a real Christian she would come clean and ask God for forgiveness immediately,not after she is elected.Please think people how hard it would be to get Nikki to leave after she is elected,almost impossible look at your last governor.I my mind if Nikki doesn't take a lie detector test now, she is a liar.Maybe Nikki has a different definition of sex... One would think this state would get tired of embarrasment.

June 06 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Marchant is trying to play the same card Karl Rove played to torpedo McCain's chances ( circa 1999 )when he ran against George Bush.

Republicans also played a similar card to destroy Max Clealand's ( an American war hero from Georgia ) chances in a senatorial race.

People, rest assured, Republicans are masters at propagandas of lies and deceits - the reason why they've managed to control government more than Democrats.

June 05 2010 at 8:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron and Nancy

As much as you guys would love to blame the liberal media and the Democrats for this fiasco, you're doing it to yourself. The Republicans are eating their young. They're turning on each other and fighting to prove they're the most conservative.

Actually, this whole thing is quite humorous if your a Democrat.

June 03 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

We lose alot of qualified (future civil servants)because the media is going to do whatever it takes(even lie) to have the top story. Most media people are even worse then your worst of the worst politicians.Can't Trust most of them.

June 03 2010 at 11:18 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Ya Maniac

When someone runs on a strict family values platform the very BEST way to discredit them is to find a couple of fellas that need the bucks or the notariety and just start talking. There is virtually NO way to win after that. Your rep is shot whether you did it or not. Well, I take that back...if you're a Republican your rep is shot.

June 03 2010 at 11:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Inuendos are indeed a dime a proof so far has not reared its ugly head..power is is the key to every sin imaginable..lie... steal..even kill to retain or get that power..

June 03 2010 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I saw marchant on the news tonight. He appeared to be a bit feminine-not one to have an affair with. however, if true, be sure your sins will find you out-they always do. And if she is telling the truth-it always wins. good luck.

June 03 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I trust Nikki Haley more than I trust those saying things against her. Worst yet was calling her a ******* and comparing her to Obama. Obama has a Muslim background. Her background is her parents were legal immigrant Indian Sikhs, entirely different. Maybe she turned down their advances and want to get even.

June 03 2010 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Robert Roldan

Why do our politicians have to be "saints" to run and win an election? Who among us can throw any stones? Don't we all have skeletons in our closets we might be ashamed of? Haven't we all made a bad decision at some point in our lives...and maybe, even more than once!
Come on, people. No one is perfect. If her husband forgives her and reconciled with her it is none of our business. This woman appears as though she would do a good job and work hard. What else do you want? Look yourself in the mirror. Are you perfect?!

June 03 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to Robert Roldan's comment

Where's there's smoke there's fire, and from personal experience South Carolina maybe a "conservative state" but they have more crooks and adulterers than New York has Italians.

June 03 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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