Gubernatorial candidates make their final pleas for votes

By Tim Pulliam - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the sun set on the eve of election day, gubernatorial candidates Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen spent their final hours with their biggest supporters.

After months of stumping and weeks of debates, Haley delivered her last campaign speech to about 300 supporters at Harmon Farms in Gilbert. "This is the time when South Carolina takes our state back and gets to work and it starts right here, right now," she said.

Haley was joined by all GOP nominees for statewide office, as well as sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, Rep. Joe Wilson, state House Speaker Bobby Harrell, House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, and outgoing Attorney General Henry McMaster. All spoke separately before Haley took the podium. Gov. Mark Sanford also attended and got rounds of applause.

Sheheen gave his final speech at Meadow Lake Park in Columbia, alongside the Democratic nominees for lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state, as well as House candidate Rob Miller. "Tomorrow will be the day we restore respect and truth and integrity to the leadership of South Carolina," Sheheen told voters.

Both candidates held strong to their message. Before shaking hands and signing autographs, both told supporters they offer a fresh perspective to leadership, improving our economy and saving the budget deficit. "People in this state want more than anything is a leader who will be genuine and that's what we offer," said Sheheen.

"We started as the underdog, we asked the people to give us a chance now," said Haley. "It's my job to prove to them that we can really do this."

Campaigning is coming to an end for the two governor hopefuls. Their political future is in your hands as you decide which candidate leads South Carolina.

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