Chris Cilizza reports that Nikki Haley is one step closer to becoming the next Republican governor from South Carolina:

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley cruised to the Republican nomination for governor tonight, a victory that makes her not just the frontrunner for the office this fall but a likely national GOP star.

Haley crushed Rep. Gresham Barrett in the runoff race, an expected result given that she took 49 percent of the June 8 primary vote -- narrowly missing the chance to win the nomination outright. The Associated Press called the runoff race for Haley at 8:22 p.m. eastern time.

With 14 of 46 counties reporting, Haley has 63% of the vote to Barrett's 37%.

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