Haley Will Endorse A Candidate Before Iowa Caucuses
Gov. Nikki Haley told members of the press today at the annual Republican Governors Association that she would endorse a candidate before the January primaries.
GOP candidates seeking the presidential nomination in 2012 have been waiting on the coveted endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
But while the first female head-of-state would not say who will get her support, multiple media outlets report Haley did say on Wednesday she would make her decision before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus.
Haley, who is attending the Republican Governors Association in Orlando, Fla., told Patch in September that candidates needed the endorsement of South Carolinians more than they need her endorsement.
Haley's endorsement could be a boost to the candidate that wins her support because South Carolina is a key, early-voting state and has accurately picked the presidential nominee since 1980.
Each of the candidates has met with Haley during their trips to the state, with Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney having been invited to stay at the Governor's Mansion, but no one has left with her support.