Tomorrow's Republican gubernatorial runoff in South Carolina will easily be the most-watched result of the night -- not necessarily because there is tremendous suspense about the outcome, but because it ends one of the most dramatic and dirty races of the cycle.
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In the June 8 first-round primary, state Rep. Nikki Haley came in first with 49%, just short of the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. She was followed by Congressman Gresham Barrett in a distant second with 22%, state Attorney General Henry McMaster with 17%, and Lt. Gov. AndrÃ© Bauer with 12%.
The race was interesting from the get-go, with four Republicans competing to succeed scandal-plagued Gov. Mark "Appalachian Trail" Sanford, whose administration and potential presidential campaign were both destroyed a year ago after it was revealed that he'd had an extra-marital affair with a woman in Argentina. Then things got even more interesting, with personal accusations lobbed against Haley.