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Nikki Haley Draws A Primary Opponent

UPSTATE ATTORNEY TO CHALLENGE INCUMBENT GOVERNOR S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has drawn a Republican primary opponent in her reelection bid … Haley – who appeared poised to assume the GOP gubernatorial nomination without opposition – must now face Upstate attorney Tom J. Ervin in a primary election on June 10….

UPSTATE ATTORNEY TO CHALLENGE INCUMBENT GOVERNOR

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has drawn a Republican primary opponent in her reelection bid …

Haley – who appeared poised to assume the GOP gubernatorial nomination without opposition – must now face Upstate attorney Tom J. Ervin in a primary election on June 10.

Haley’s Democratic opponent – S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen – is currently unopposed.

Ervin filed paperwork to challenge Haley on Saturday – 24 hours before the deadline for candidates to declare their intentions.

What do we know about Ervin?

Not much … other than the expectation is that he will challenge Haley from the “center-right” of the state’s political spectrum.

TOM ERVIN
TOM ERVIN

According to his online biography, Ervin is a former two-term member of the S.C. House of Representatives (from Anderson County) as well as a former circuit court judge and S.C. workers’ compensation commissioner.

Currently, Ervin is an attorney with Kathryn Williams, P.A. – a Greenville, S.C.-based firm run by his wife. There, he specializes in Social Security disability litigation.

Ervin is also the owner of Ervin Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations based in Anderson, S.C.

Unconfirmed reports indicate Ervin is prepared to spend a sizable amount of his own money in his bid to upset Haley.

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66 comments

a face in the crowd March 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Might have to hire Palin again.

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aikencounty March 29, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Is she whoring for 50k?
Price should have gone up,considering all her “highly successful” tv shows.

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a face in the crowd March 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Just a drop in the bucket for the Koch brothers

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aikencounty March 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Sad, but true.

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 7:53 am

She’s worked herself up the ladder, gotten more variety on her “resume” if you can call it that. $50K isn’t nearly enough to come in and get a bunch of idiots excited. She’s one of those classy high-dollar hoes now.

Poor T-Rav will be devastated that Haley called on another shitty-pol-turned-reality-TV-star to promote her.

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Ramsey March 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

He’s the classic play both sides of the aisle attorney. For instance, many Republicans supported him over Jean Toal for Chief Justice in 1999, and in 2004 he maxed out with $10,000 to the SCDP. He gives money to everyone from John Edwards to Lindsey Graham.

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William Wallace March 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

With me it is a plus he tried to unseat Toal!
He would gert my vote on this one issue alone!

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Republican Follies March 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

He used to be a Democrat.Hes not a serious opponent.He not near as Right Wing as Nikki.

Nothing for you to celebrate here Fits

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shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Does that mean we are not going to see any drama or fireworks? Or is he like Sheheen who is running because he’s bored and needs something to keep him busy?

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

Is Haley even right wing? I wouldn’t call her that. She “attacks” unions in the most pathetic manners she can find, as really, what union presence in SC is there to really “stop” anyways? She’s certainly not rocking the boat regarding the budget or taxes. She’s not really churning out job growth like previous governors were able to, despite lavish trips to foreign lands. She spends a lot of time fundraising.

Honestly, the most “right wing” thing she’s done is refuse the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, but that’s hard to chalk up for her because she’s likely doing it to pretty herself up for big donors more than anything.

Right wing has nothing to do with it. Like someone else put, she only cares about herself. If it makes her look good, builds up her resume, and gives her a foot in the door to a higher office, she’ll do it. She’s not a good conservative, or even a conservative at all. She’s an opportunist, a willing puppet looking for someone to pull her strings so she can be on stage. EXACTLY like Palin.

I’d hope SC voters could see that, but, well…

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shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Has anyone else noticed that Will has been showing nicer photos of his used-to-be paramour? Is this a clue to some forthcoming announcement?

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Figures March 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

In the end he will support Haley just like last time

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Will Folks aka Sic March 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Negative, ghost rider. The pattern is full.

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Buz Martin March 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I imagine that Top Gun reference answer means both the most obvious, which is that you are happily married to a MUCH hotter woman of considerably more substance and won’t be rekindling the flame with our skeevy gov (like anybody thought you would), and also that you will NOT be endorsing Haley. However, as the dude seems to be a RINO for sure, I can’t see you backing him. Barring some BIG surprise tomorrow, then, I predict that you will do the right thing and endorse the Libertarian dude. This shit is stone simple, don’t know why everybody can’t see it.

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Figures March 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

If the Libertarian fails to make it all the way to the ballot then rest assured Sic will endorse Haley.

Buz Martin March 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I imagine that Top Gun reference answer means both the most obvious, which is that you are happily married to a MUCH hotter woman of considerably more substance and won’t be rekindling the flame with our skeevy gov (like anybody thought you would), and also that you will NOT be endorsing Haley. However, as the dude seems to be a RINO for sure, I can’t see you backing him. Barring some BIG surprise tomorrow, then, I predict that you will do the right thing and endorse the Libertarian dude. This shit is stone simple, don’t know why everybody can’t see it.

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Oida Coates March 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

Your a trip Henry, how did you know about ‘the announcement’; love never ends and so it is true the love Sic has for Nikki and she for him (they are truly flowers in the Spring), you are an incredible human being Shifty. Sics love for Slicke Nicke will never end for shes a woman in love and she loves what Sics doing to her; we love you Sic and your understanding wife understands too, ahhh the SC Political Bliss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3y0zh-3VJg.

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shifty henry March 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

“forthcoming announcement?”

hmmm – should have been clearer, actually I was referring to an endorsement by Will…..

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Regretful endorsement… considering the alternatives..

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White Bread March 30, 2014 at 11:32 am

Nicer? She looks like her panty liner just failed.

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

It’s the genuineness… the graceful way she continues to walk.

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southmauldin March 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Well, at least we would have a Governor that wouldn’t embarrass the state every time he opened his mouth. Looks like I’ll be voting in the Republican primary after all for him. The question remains, who in the hell would I vote for in the Senate race?

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RogueElephant March 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

The grownup in the room. RESTORE HONOR VOTE CONNOR.

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

DON’T VOTE NUMB! REPUBLICANS ARE SCUM!

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 7:44 am

Well, at least we would have a Governor that wouldn’t embarrass the state every time he opened his mouth.

Well, if he’s not going to say something stupid, I hope he has dirt on his resume. Lord knows SC doesn’t elect anybody without one of the two, usually both.

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Barbra Saw March 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Great! Now we have two candidates that shave their facial hair…how about you Vinny??

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Here comes the vote March 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Looks like I will need to schedule time to vote for this guy in the primary, at this point ANYBODY would be an improved over Nikki Haley!

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Barney Fife March 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

This guy is a democrat. Pure and simple. It’s just an attempt to get a democrat to beat up Nikki until June and then hand it off to Vinny. I don’t care for Nikki Haley, but this this guy is a bad news democrat. His wife has the money, he just spends it on radio stations and now a Gubernatorial campaign. BTW, his FM station in Anderson is about to go down the tubes. It is absolutely horrible, especially the local morning show. It was good a few years back, but the new format is horrible.

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Fed up Republican March 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Barney, take your one bullet and use it for a depository!
I know Ervin well. He is a conservative, honest, moral and ethical! I have known him for a long time. He is everything positive Haley is not!
He is above reproach and honest, unlike Haley!!

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

suppository

fixed that for you.

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Poster March 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Unless he has lots and lots of his own money, this ain’t going anywhere. Sheheen must be pissed as now Haley can double raise and have lots more to spend.

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Ghost of Lee Atwater March 30, 2014 at 4:36 am

Look for the Trial Lawyers and the Injured Workers’ Advocates to pump this guy’s coffers full of money if they think he can really ding Haley.

This guy is about as much of a Republican as Luke Rankin, but he may he a means to and end for the Sheheen Campaign.

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Fits Aint No Republican March 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

According to Fits,there arent a handful of REAL Republicans in this state,certainly not Nikki.Indeed,How about YOU?

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Ernie March 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I’ll vote for him. He seems like a good guy and as far as I know he doesn’t lie on his tax returns and get paid a bunch of cash for bogus consulting jobs.

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a Long time friend March 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I will be proud to vote for and contribute to Ervin. I’ve known him for 35 years. He is a person of character and integrity, something lacking in politics today.
For the first time in a long, long while, I have someone to vote for rather than voting AGAINST a candidate, or holding my nose while I vote for a LESSER OF THE EVILS!
Tom, I will be calling you and sending a contribution! I also have land in the upstate and you are welcomed to place signs on all. I’d also like to volunteer and will need yard signs and bumper stickers.
I made a horrible mistake campaigning and voting for Haley! It is now time for me to right my sin!

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GrandTango March 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I’m healthy and young, but I’d love an SSI check…can Tom get me one like the commercials claim they can…regardless of eligibility???

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Old Man Donut Blues March 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Healthy and young? Hahahahahaha!!!

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GrandTango March 30, 2014 at 6:50 am

The level of liberal hate is astounding. You think attacking someone’s health and age (if it’s good) promotes your cause???

People like you will always burn yourself out w/ your contempt and bitterness for those who may have differing (and proven) ideas not like yours, that are exemplified (through Obama) failure…

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Healthy and young??? HAW! HAW!

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GrandTango March 30, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Drug use, alcoholism to live w/ yourself, or homosexual behavior are all health risks.

And it’s like intelligence, as you prove. People who are deficient, like you, are obsessed with the people you hate, have what is so elusive to you…I will pray you repent turn your life around…That is the ONLY lasting answer for you…

euwe max March 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Drug use, alcoholism to live w/ yourself, or homosexual behavior are all health risks.
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But you said you were young and healthy.

FudgePackerAtChocolateMonkey March 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Ha. Maybe 20 years ago. One of our mutual friends who is bi said your flaccid old sphincter reminded him of the loose twat on an old whore who hadn’t taken good care of herself. He’s right you know. The seepage from your hershey highway continues to be more and more difficult for you to plug. They quit making corks big enough for the job and now you have moved on to super tampons which slide out even after they have expanded to their fullest glory.

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nitrat March 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

“Social Security disability legislation”
Do you think that should be ‘litigation’?

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CorruptionInColumbia March 29, 2014 at 5:59 pm

“What do we know about Ervin?”

Well, for starters, he’s NOT Nikki, and that’s a big plus in my book, any day of the week!

Absent someone better, which is not likely, he will get my vote in the primary. He might save me from having to vote for Sheheen, yet. That is, so long as McMasturbator isn’t his running mate for Lt Governor.

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Anybody but Nikki March 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Anybody but Nikki. She is a horrible and very vindictive individual.

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anon. March 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

NIKKI HALEY ONLY CARES ABOUT NIKKI HALEY!

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vicupstate March 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

He has my vote and a contribution too. Even if he doesn’t win, he can get an embarrassing vote total. Kinda like that Chiropractor or whatever he was got against Sanford, something like 39% if I remember correctly.

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fred March 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I think all the democrats in the state will be voting in the republican primary this summer. Democrats for Ervin.

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aikencounty March 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I shall.

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Thomas March 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Not only is his primary challenge credible, his being our next Governor will spoil Democrat hopes for 2018. That is a wrap. When Democrats come out against Nikki, Graham will rate a bus ticket back to where he came from when he loses the June open primary.

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

What will spoil Democrats’ chances in 2018 is what spoils their “chances” every four years: an electorate that goes to the polls and votes on party lines year after year. The shitty Republican candidates count on morons that think as long as Democrats lose everything is going to be peachy. Makes it easier to swindle from the taxpayers if you trick them to vote for foxes to avoid the raccoons.

Have fun promoting a number of absolutely terrible politicians that run under the “R” ticket, and even worse, the horrid two-party system in general.

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william March 30, 2014 at 1:03 am

Social Security Disability Lawyer….done from the get go.

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Rick & Frankie are Sweethearts March 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

Ervin and Williams are two of the KINDESTcontributors from the upstate, actually all of SC (especially Kathryn Williams who will become the real Governor, as Henry McMaster is now), those two are ‘The Big Bucks’ in SC Politics; not done, FINALLY stepping out and what took so long is the question.

Oh no; ;done from the get go,; Ervin and Williams are STEPPING OUT and its about time!!! I wish them both every best wish.

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coolhandluke March 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

God, she’s a hot, intelligent, good-looking, serious-looking Governess. In spite of having to always fight the legislative branch and all the negativity she receives from Slick Willie and his ultra-liberal following, I hope she’s with us for four more years. I will vote for her in a heart beat and I am a huge GAMECOCK FAN. VOTE NIKKI HALEY FOR FOUR MORE YEARS.

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

hot, intelligent, good-looking, serious-looking Governess
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looking?
Is that the way you all choose a Governor?

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Harry March 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

Anybody to get the total failure Trikki Nikki Haley out of the tax payer funded vacation home.

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coolhandluke March 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

C’mon you ultra-liberals, you know there ain’t no damn liberal democrat gonna beat Nikki Haley. Sheehen is your only chance to unseat her and he’s just pissing in the wind, wasting money. Sheehen is really just a little, nauseating person from Camden. Most of his votes probably come from the black community, who just punch the democratic ticket. Peewee Gaskins could be running agin and they would vote for him. Get real.

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euwe max March 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

C’mon you ultra-liberals, you know there ain’t no damn liberal democrat gonna beat Nikki Haley
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Why not? Both parties are the same!

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I'llBeYourHuckleberry March 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

Truth!

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euwe max March 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

One thing that will always be missing from politics, no matter who we vote for… right?

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 8:06 am

coolhandluke must be someone who works for Haley.

You should tell your boss to watch out, Scott Walker got caught having state employees comment on sites praising him and it didn’t work out so well for him when he got caught.

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Judith March 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Tom is a good and honest guy. I am not sure we are ready for that kind of politician in South Carolina yet, but he has my vote.

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 7:41 am

Has he done bookkeeping for his parents’ now-defunct business?

On a serious note, this guy is likely the best bet for Haley to be removed. If Democrats wanted even a snowball’s chance in Hell they would’ve found someone better to back than runner-up Sheheen.

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bob sacamanto March 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Real story? This means that Haley gets to double up on contributions from major donors since she has a primary. Works out for the best.

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Not Nikki 2014 March 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Don’t know anything about him but I’m voting for him.

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matt April 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

his wife is a total milf

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