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

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer says he has taken a lie detector test which proves he is not 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 says he took and passed a lie detector test Sunday night in Columbia, administered by an independent, FBI-certified polygrapher. The initial verbal report was issued at the conclusion of the exam, and the final written report is expected to be issued later Monday morning. On Monday, Bauer says another independent, certified polygrapher will review the charts 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 that he would "absolutely" take a polygraph about his own rumored sexual history, as he has asked Haley to do. Bauer did not address that subject in his announcement on Monday.

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 according to recent poll results heading into Tuesday's primary election.

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