Six weeks ago, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley made national headlines when she told a sympathetic interviewer in Florence, S.C. that she could “absolutely see not running” for reelection in 2014.

Our assessment of Haley’s comment? “She’s running … no doubt about it,” we wrote at the time.

As usual, we were correct. Haley is “no doubt” running for reelection as governor of South Carolina – and will make her intentions official at a campaign fundraiser in Greenville, S.C. on August 26, the Associated Press is reporting.

Despite abysmal poll numbers in the wake of her disastrous first term in office, Haley still enters the 2014 race as the favorite – barring the entry of any third party candidates into the race, at least. How come? Because South Carolina is “Republican” – and any candidate with an “R” behind their names (no matter how terrible they are) enters the race with a built-in ten-point advantage.

Moreover Haley’s Democratic opponent, S.C. Senator Vincent Sheheen, has stumbled badly in the early stages of his candidacy – endorsing the expansion of Medicaid associated with U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law. As expected, the S.C. Republican Party is already hard at work cranking out the “Obamacare liberal” narrative against Sheheen (here and here) – which we expect to be wildly successful.

We pray for the entry of a credible third party candidate into this race …

While Sheheen is indeed an “Obamcare liberal,” Haley has morphed from “Tea Partier” to “Republican in Name Only” in record time – endorsing runaway spending growth, embracing failed crony capitalist “economic development” policies and engaging in habitual deception and hypocrisy regarding her administrations innumerable pooch screws.

Furthermore she’s sold our state down the river (literally) in the name of her own selfish national political ambitions.

If 2014 winds up being the same old choice between a liberal Democrat like Sheheen and an establishment “Republican” Haley – South Carolinians should expect to continue falling further behind the rest of the nation in every measurement that matters.

Where are you on the 2014 race? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below.

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