Gov. Nikki Haley officially announced on Monday that she is running for re-election in 2014, and she was accompanied by some heavy hitters in the Republican Party: Gov. Ricky Perry, Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Bobby Jindal.
But, even though they joined her, and gave her a boost, many on both sides of the aisle say this race will not be about the folks standing beside the candidates.
"She's going to run on her record, which is an outstanding record," said Ken George, Beaufort County Republican Party Executive Committee Member. "A balanced budget every year, the lowest unemployment rate in five years, and 36,000 new jobs."
Democrats say Haley's record is "abysmal," and under her leadership, South Carolina's job market has suffered.
"The people want something different and we're going to let them have it," said Sheheen. "Three years of failure, and a government that, frankly, we don't trust."
Three years ago, Sheheen lost to Haley by only 4 percent, which is why many Democrats believe he will turn South Carolina in to a Blue State in 2014.
But George believes Haley will get another term. He said, it will be close, but Sheheen doesn't stand a chance as a Democrat.
"Perhaps he could announce he's a Republican and run against Gov. Haley in [the] Primary, but I don't think he's got a ghost of a chance," said George.
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