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Haley, Scott win GOP nods in South Carolina

| June 23, 2010 9:00 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In a break from the state's racist legacy, South Carolina Republicans overwhelmingly chose Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, to run for governor and easily nominated Tim Scott, in line to become the former Confederate stronghold's first black GOP congressman in more than a century.

Six-term Republican Rep. Bob Inglis fell to prosecutor Trey Gowdy, making him the fifth House or Senate incumbent to stumble this year.

In North Carolina, Elaine Marshall won the Democratic nomination to challenge GOP Sen. Richard Burr in the fall. Utah Republicans nominated attorney Mike Lee as a successor to vanquished Sen. Bob Bennett in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic senator in four decades. In Mississippi, voters tapped Republican Bill Marcy to face Rep. Bennie Thompson.

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