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Nikki Haley Says Victory Just the First Page for History Books

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Governor Mark Sanford was among the Haley supports at Tuesday night's celebration. Governor Mark Sanford was among the Haley supports at Tuesday night's celebration.

By Justin Pryor

Nikki Haley stood in front of a crowd of supporters at the Columbia Convention Center Tuesday night as the first female governor of South Carolina.

"There's going to be a lot of news that says we made history and in some ways you can look at me and say yes we did," said Governor-Elect Nikki Haley. "But what I want this to be is that we're turning a page."

Governor Mark Sanford and former First Lady Jenny Sanford were both there.  Both Sanford's said they believe that Haley is exactly what the state needs at this time and say she possesses the ability to bring about needed changes.

"I endorsed Nikki Haley because of her views. I believe in reforming our state government and I think our legislative state is too legislative, too dominant," said Jenny Sanford. "I think we need to start reforming the system, more efficiency, and more transparency in government and that is what Nikki is all about."

The current governor also said the election of South Carolina's first female and first non-white governor is important to not only the history books, but also the children who read them.

"I think she's a vibrant, energetic woman and this is obviously breaking a glass ceiling for a lot of school age kids across South Carolina," said Governor Sanford. "They have looked in their history books and seen a man as governor but never before seen a woman. Whether it's change in Washington or Columbia, South Carolina, what comes next will be determined by the degree in which they stay involved."

Haley knows that while the history of her election will never be lost, it is the history of what comes next that will be remembered.

"We're turning a page on where we've been, but the history is going to be on where we go," said Haley.

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