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Haley, Sheheen expected to face off again in 2014 governor's race

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It was a tight race the last time Governor Nikki Haley and Senator Vincent Sheheen faced off in 2010. And while Governor Haley hasn't formally announced her plans for re-election, her Democratic challenger isn't being quiet about why he thinks change should come to South Carolina.

"We haven't seen much change in government over the last three years," Sheheen said.

Sheheen has been actively campaigning since April, raising more than $600,000 towards his second run for governor.

"We've seen an increase in secrecy within the government," said Sheheen. "We've seen a lot of scandals and dysfunctions within our state agencies. We still have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Where I come from we say actions speak louder than words."

Haley said she hasn't made up her mind as to whether or not she will run.

I"From an elected official stand point I want to make sure 'I'm moving the ball," Haley said. "You never want to run for office unless you know you're making a difference."

But she's raised just as much money as Sheheen and has a war chest of more than $2 million.

Leaders of the South Carolina Republican Party say South Carolina has been better off under Haley's leadership.  

"We have an outstanding governor in Governor Nikki Haley," said Moore. "An amazing record since becoming governor 2.5 years ago, 23,000 new jobs announced, $9 billion dollars in investments in South Carolina."

But Sheheen said he would focus on making business easier across the board, especially for smaller ventures.

"And that means creating a division of entrepreneurship and small business within the department of commerce and giving small business incentives like we do for big business," he said.

But Republican Party leaders said Sheheen is the candidate more likely to support the sometimes unpopular policies of the current presidential administration.

"He hasn't seen a government spending program he doesn't like," said Moore. "The Medicaid expansion program, which Governor Haley is working to find a solution for and reform to will break the bank in South Carolina. We defeated him in 2010, and we'll do it again."

But Sheheen says he's seeing South Carolinians are finally ready for progress in a new direction.

"They're tired of being on top of the lists that are bad, and on the bottom of the lists that are good," said Sheheen. "They want something to change the status quo."

An earlier version of this story improperly attributed the following quote to South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore.  The quote was said by Senator Vincent Sheheen. 

"We've seen an increase in secrecy within the government. We've seen a lot of scandals and dysfunctions within our state agencies. We still have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Where I come from we say actions speak louder than words."

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