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Nikki Haley, tea party favorite, denies extramarital affair

It's early, but the strangest story of the day might end up being the saga of South Carolina political blogger Will Folks and surging GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley. In the early morning, Folks -- a consultant and former spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) -- claimed to have had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley prior to his marriage, but not prior to hers. Haley raised the profile of the story by canceling a morning media event, then raised it with the intention of snuffing it out with a full-on denial:

I have been 100% faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage. This claim against me is categorically and totally false.

Haley's surge came after Sanford's PAC spent $400,000 on TV ads for her, and after Sanford's estranged wife Jenny endorsed her. So even the impression of a scandal, which rocketed around the blogosphere this morning, was toxic. I haven't seen real reaction yet from the blogs that have supported Haley, but there's a palpable hope that Folks -- whom reporters take seriously -- is simply lying.

Here's the full Haley statement.

I have been 100% faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage. This claim against me is categorically and totally false.

It is sad, but not surprising, that this disgraceful smear has taken form less than a week removed from the release of a poll showing our campaign with a significant lead. It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst.

These attacks -- and those sure to follow -- are an effort at distraction, but I will keep my focus on what matters, and that is delivering South Carolina's government back to our people. That's a fight I have fought for the last five years. That's why I entered this race for Governor. And that's what I will continue to do, despite any outrageous and false claims that are thrown at me.

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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