Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romneys crushing defeat in the South Carolina primary comes as a major setback for the states Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley,who not only endorsed him but also extensively campaigned for him.
Haley won the South Carolina gubernatorial election with an impressive margin only a year ago,and her candidate not winning the Republican primary is an indication that her popularity is fast slipping away,which was also reflected in recent opinion polls.
Only the second Indian-American after Bobby Jindal,of Louisiana,to be elected as Governor of a US state,she was praised by Romney when he conceded defeat. Governor Nikki Haley has been fabulous and I owe her so very much, Romney said. Romneys opponent Newt Gingrich,who won the primary with a decisive margin,was endorsed by the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives and the House Majority Leader.
Immediately after former Massachusetts Governor Romney was defeated,a disappointed Haley said she would continue to campaign for him and would travel to other states in his favour.
According to Huffington Post,Haley,who won the South Carolina gubernatorial elections last year because of the support from Tea Party activists,shocked her base by endorsing Romney. Haley isnt getting the kind of strong support she did when she was elected,and Tea Party supporters couldnt have been more shocked with her choice to back Romney, National Public Radio said.