ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this June 17, 2010 file photo South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, takes part in a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. Sarah Palin's support and tea party activists helped GOP Haley emerge from a crowded field to capture the GOP nod for governor.
The Republican candidate for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, state Rep. Tim Scott, defeated the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's son Paul on Tuesday in the GOP runoff for the House seat nomination. Mr. Scott will face Democrat Ben Frasier, who also is black, in November. (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)
Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, seen here at an April 15, 2009, anti-tax “tea party” rally, was tapped Tuesday to be one of nearly 400 committee members who oversee the Republican Party in northwest Ohio's Lucas County. (Associated Press)
Third-party leaders (from left) Rep. Ron Paul of the Republican Party, Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party, Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party and Ralph Nader of the Green Party appear Wednesday at the National Press Club. (Associated Press)