Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Congratulations to Nikki Haley and Tim Scott of South Carolina!
Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, handily won the Republican nomination for governor and Tim Scott, a black lawmaker, won the GOP nomination for a House seat in South Carolina primary runoffs Tuesday, a sign of racial progress in the Deep South and the GOP.
With her victory, state Rep. Haley moved one step closer to becoming the first female governor in the conservative-leaning state. She brushed aside allegations of marital infidelity and an ethnic slur to come within a percentage point of winning the gubernatorial nod outright on June 8. And with 66 percent of the precincts reporting in the runoff, she led with 65 percent of the vote to Rep. Gresham Barrett's 35 percent.
Scott, also a state lawmaker, hoped to become South Carolina's first black GOP congressman in more than a century. He beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. Sen. and former segregationist Strom Thurmond in the runoff after securing the backing of several Republican leaders in Washington. With 83 percent of precincts counted, he led with 69 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Thurmond.
MSNBC would, of course, point out the race issue first. The victory here, however, rests in two conservatives coming out on top. While gender and race certainly do not go without notice, what's most important is that Haley and Scott espouse common sense principles, and we need more people with such commitment, regardless of gender and race.
The appropriate observation to take away from these elections is candidates' willingness to offer themselves up for service and Governor Palin's ability to once again catapult them to a place of success by rallying support from Americans who are demanding true hope and change.
The Governor maintains the real focus and tweets:
Congratulations to Nikki Haley and Tim Scott! On to November!
Absolutely...As a man once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."