COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State Rep. Nikki Haley didn't become a campaign cash winner until after she had nearly won a nasty GOP primary outright.
An analysis of campaign finance reports filed before Saturday's midnight deadline shows far less than half of the $542,728 Haley raised since late April came before the June 8 primary. That left her the cash raising underdog heading into the contest as her campaign was rocked by unsubstantiated allegations of affairs that she denied.
Haley has so far raised $1.4 million for the race and spent $1.2 million. U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who spent $3.1 million, ultimately lost the runoff to Haley.
Haley reports she finished June with $182,745 for the general election race. She faces Democratic nominee and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who had $262,473.