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Mr. Sheheen said the poll showing Mrs. Haley leading 52 percent to 36 percent was done by a month ago and predicted his campaign’s ads will help “bring a change in momentum.”

The Haley campaign has acknowledged the candidate was late but said she has paid all taxes and penalties.

Attending Mrs. Haley’s Republican Indian Committee fundraiser was former GOP Virginia Sen. George Allen, whose 2006 re-election campaign was derailed in part after he used the word “macaca” to refer to young Indian-American videotaping, or “tracking,” the event for the campaign of Democratic rival Jim Webb.

Mr. Allen apologized and said he didn’t know the meaning of the word, which is widely considered a pejorative. He narrowly lost to Mr. Webb in an upset that fall.

Indian-American Republicans appeared to welcome Mr. Allen, a strong backer of the nuclear technology deal negotiated with India under President George W. Bush.

“If George Allen ever decides to run for office again and wants Indian-American support, we will be there for him,” Armeane M. Choksi, president of the committee, said. “We’ll pose for a picture for him. He’s a friend and strong supporter.”