COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Congressman Gresham Barrett's bid for governor in Tuesday's GOP runoff is a longshot fight to keep his reputation intact.
And it's a gamble that everything possible will go right for him and everything will go wrong for state Representative Nikki Haley.
Haley, a three-term Lexington legislator, nearly won the June 8th primary outright with 49 percent of the vote.
Barrett took 22 percent in the four-way race that brought out a near-record 422,251 voters. He has seen Haley capture national media attention while he's been left shaking hands at restaurants and rallies.
Political observers say that to win, Barrett will need new voters to get behind him and will need Haley's voters to either abandon her or stay home on election day.