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Haley, Sheheen expected to face off again in 2014 gubernatorial race

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Let the race to the governor's office begin in South Carolina.  

Even though it's more than a year away, Democrat Vincent Sheheen has announced that he's running for office again, after losing to Governor Nikki Haley back in 2010.  Sheheen lost to Haley by only 4 percent of the vote, and this time around, he's confident he'll walk away the winner in 2014.

Sheheen says it's time for a change in South Carolina, and voters are disappointed in the job Haley is doing.

"I think we can do so much better. We have to change things, you know we still have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country," said Sheheen.

Sheheen has been actively campaigning since April, and he's raised more than 600 thousand dollars for his campaign.

Some Republicans say this race will be even closer than the gubernatorial race in 2010, but they still think Governor Haley will win.

"I think Govenor Haley has done a good enough job to be re-elected, but I don't think it's a shoe in by any manner of means," said form Beaufort Republican Vice Chair, Ken George.  

Even though the governor hasn't officially announced she'll seek a second term as SC Governor, According to the associated press,  she has raised as much money has Sheheen, and  has a warchest of more than two million dollars.

Governor Haley recently told our sister station in Columbia that she has to take a closer look at her work as Governor before deciding to run again.

 "From an elected officials stand point I want to make sure I'm moving the ball. You never want to run for office unless you know you're making a difference," Gov. Nikki Haley.

George thinks those Republicans who don't approve of what Haley has done as Governor will not vote, or they might vote for Sheheen -- an outcome Sheheen is hoping for.  

"One party rule doesn't work whether it's Democrats or Republicans. Many people voted for me last time because they want to have a different approach to government in South Carolina," said Sheheen.

The election is slated for November 2014.

Sheheen is the only person who's officially announced that he's running for the office. There is still plenty of time for other candidates to jump into the race.

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