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South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley makes remarks during a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. She took the early lead as the state's GOP voters went to the polls on Tuesday. She was an obscure state lawmaker just months ago, but now she is the odds-on favorite to be South Carolina's first female governor. (Associated Press)

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley makes remarks during a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. She took the early lead as the state's GOP voters went to the polls on Tuesday. She was an obscure state lawmaker just months ago, but now she is the odds-on favorite to be South Carolina's first female governor. (Associated Press)

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