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Gov. Haley endorses Pyle for state Senate, opponent Rankin reacts

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley threw her support behind Scott Pyle for state Senate. (Source: WMBF News) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley threw her support behind Scott Pyle for state Senate. (Source: WMBF News)
Sen. Luke Rankin responded to Haley's support of his opponent. (Source: WMBF News) Sen. Luke Rankin responded to Haley's support of his opponent. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Scott Pyle and speaking out against his opponent, 24-year incumbent Sen. Luke Rankin.

The governor even pegged Rankin, the area senator, with a title no Republican wants to be called – a Democrat.

Her endorsement for Pyle came on Friday during a stop in Myrtle Beach.

Regarding her support for Pyle, Haley believed Rankin’s voting pattern doesn’t embody the views of the GOP.

“Whether it's the wasteful spending, spending $250,000 on legislative fishing trips, whether it's wasting taxes by $800 million,” Haley said. “Just recently, he tried to raise a massive tax increase on cell phones. He continues to vote with the Democrats every time. Senator Scott Pyle will vote for the people. And that's what we're looking for. We need a senator that's going to vote for the people. This area deserves better and 24 years is too long.”

After the governor's endorsement, Rankin announced Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus as his campaign chairman.

As for the governor’s comments, Rankin said, “respectfully, consider your source.”

“This is the same person who is not just graying the truth about my record, she's actually misleading people,” Rankin said. “This is the same governor who somehow cannot read a journal that says I voted against Common Core, that I voted against hiding roll call votes and that I supported more transparency. This is the same person who is telling the folks of Horry County to believe her and not the record.”

For Haley, she made it clear she is looking for an ally in the State House and felt Pyle would fit the bill.

“He will stand with me on transparency, he will stand with me on ethics reform, he will stand with me on cutting out wasteful spending, he will stand with me on reducing taxes and making South Carolina more business friendly,” Haley said. “He will stand with me as a Republican.”

Rankin said if voters look at his conservative voting pattern regarding Common Core and cutting taxes for small businesses, then he is the right choice.

“Talk is, unfortunately this political season, cheaper than it's ever been in Horry County,” he said.

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