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Mark Sanford's political machine up, running for Nikki Haley

When Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) political career imploded last year, he left his South Carolina political organizations hanging. Carolinians for Common Sense, the group that ran Sanford's anti-stimulus TV ad, went inactive. ReformSC, the 501(c)(4) created to back Sanford's legislative reforms in 2008, also went into deep freeze. Nikki Haley, a telegenic state legislator whom Sanford had been tacitly supporting in the 2010 race for governor, also suffered -- she became stuck in third place in fundraising and polls behind her opponents.

That changed this week. ReformSC is back on the air and spending $400,000 on this TV ad for Haley.

The $400,000 buy nearly doubles the amount of money Haley has to spend on the June 8 primary. If she vaults into second or first place and makes a runoff, she gets to compete in a June 22 primary.

By David Weigel  |  May 13, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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