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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who has been building a reelection machine for the past two years – told The Florence Morning News this week she may not seek a second term in 2014 after all.

Citing family concerns – most notably her husband’s recent deployment to Afghanistan – Haley told reporter John Sweeney that a grueling reelection campaign isn’t something she has committed to at this point.

“If we look and it’s too much on the family, I could absolutely see (not running again),” she told Sweeney.

Really?

Obviously Haley’s poll numbers remain seriously south of impressive, but at this point we’d peg her as the narrow favorite in a rematch against S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen – who lost by just four points to Haley in 2010, a Republican “wave” election. She also has more than $2 million in the bank for her reelection bid, as of the most recent (April 10) filing reports.

Accordingly, we think this “maybe I won’t run” talk is just that … talk … although the story was quickly picked up by the national media, who still view Haley as a “rising star” on the national political stage.

Frankly, we view this story as nothing more than Haley reminding voters of the fact her husband is in Afghanistan – and of her family’s “sacrifice” on our behalf (assuming you bought that narrative in the first place).

She’s running … no doubt about it.

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