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Bauer says polygraph results prove he's not behind Haley attacks

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Bauer tells WCSC he'll "absolutely" take a lie detector test Bauer tells WCSC he'll "absolutely" take a lie detector test
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By Logan Smith - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has released the results of a lie detector test which he says proves he isn't behind a string of attacks against one of his Republican opponents, Rep. Nikki Haley.
 
In a GOP gubernatorial debate last week in Charleston, Haley accused Bauer of being responsible for charges of marital infidelity against her. Larry Marchant, one of the two men who have claimed past relationships with Haley, was a consultant to the Bauer campaign until the day of the debate.

"Y'all were fishing the story last night and you didn't fire him yesterday," Haley said during the debate. "Only when no one would take it seriously because he's a paid consultant that you decided to fire him today."

Bauer denied the accusation, and challenged Haley to take side-by-side lie detector tests to prove who's telling the truth. The Bauer campaign says Haley refused the polygraph, but Bauer took the test anyway.

"I'm not willing to have that kind of false accusation go unchallenged," Bauer said. "She made a false accusation about me, and I wanted to prove that I was telling the truth."

Bauer on Monday released the results of a lie detector test he says he took Sunday night in Columbia, administered by an independent, FBI-certified polygrapher. Bauer says another independent, certified polygrapher reviewed the charts Monday to verify the result.

"The voters now know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the unfortunate revelations made about Ms. Haley in the last two weeks," said Bauer.

Bauer had previously told WCSC in Charleston that he would "absolutely" take a polygraph about his own rumored sexual history, as he has asked Haley to do. No questions about that subject were included in Bauer's polygraph exam, however.

Bauer and Haley are running for the Republican nomination for governor against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and Attorney General Henry McMaster. Haley holds a commanding lead heading into Tuesday's primary election.

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