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Haley, Sheheen file to run for governor Tuesday

Gov. Nikki Haley Gov. Nikki Haley
SC Senator Vincent Sheheen SC Senator Vincent Sheheen

Both Governor Nikki Haley and Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen are filing campaign paperwork to run for governor Tuesday.

Governor Haley's office announced Tuesday morning she will officially file for re-election at 4 p.m. Tuesday.  A news conference with SC Republican Party Chairperson Matt Moore is planned at that time at the SCGOP Headquarters in Columbia.

SC Senator Vincent Sheheen of Camden, who unsuccessfully ran against Haley in 2010, filed his paperwork with the state Election Commission Tuesday morning.

Their filings officially signal the long-expected rematch between the 2010 general election opponents. Sheheen lost by 4.5 percentage points.

No other candidate has announced a run for governor. Unless someone jumps into the race before the two-week filing period ends Sunday, both Haley and Sheheen will go unchallenged in the June primaries.

As of their January campaign disclosures, Haley had $3.7 million available to spend on the race, while Sheheen had about $1.4 million.

Both sides are already pointing fingers. While Haley's advocates have runads highlighting Sheheen's support for expanding Medicaid, Sheheen rattles offissues that he says show her lack of leadership. At the top of his list is thefall 2012 hacking of the Department of Revenue in which a cyber-thief stole unencryptedpersonal data belonging to 6.4 million people and businesses.

It's time to "put the nightmare of the last four years behind us,"Sheheen said.

Their filings come a day before a pro-Haley group called The Movement Fundreleases its first TV ad this year. The 30-second, statewide spot asks thestate Senate to approve a budget that includes Haley's budget recommendationsfor K-12 public schools.

The House's budget plan for 2014-15 includes her proposal that gives more tostudents in poor, rural districts without taking money away from otherdistricts. It spends $30 million on additional reading coaches in elementaryschools, $29 million to improve schools' Internet and wireless capabilities andadds a first-ever weighting for poverty in funding formulas. That translates toan additional $97 million spent on students who qualify for free- andreduced-price meals.

Sheheen says the ad proves Haley's motivation in unveiling her education planthis year was purely political, after years of her proposed cuts and vetoes topublic education. He plans to push this year to increase teachers' salaries andfurther expand 4-year-old kindergarten. Last year, the Legislature approved aplan he advocated for the first expansion of a 2006 pilot program providingstate-paid, full-day kindergarten for at-risk 4 year olds.

"If you want another politician who just talks, that would be Haley. Ifyou want somebody who's accomplished something in education, there's a clearalternative," Sheheen said.

The commercial follows two TV ads paid for by the Republican GovernorsAssociation that attack Sheheen as supporting the federal health care overhauland tie him to President Barack Obama. Sheheen says the ads distort hisposition on Medicaid expansion. Sheheen has said Haley shows a lack ofleadership by refusing to expand Medicaid eligibility under the federal law toan estimated 200,000 poor uninsured adults in South Carolina. He calls itfoolish ideology.

Sheheen said the early ads show "they're very scared."

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