Nikki Haley, South Carolina's Republican governor, has endorsed Mitt Romney, according to a campaign release.

"Neither South Carolina nor the nation can afford four more years of President Obama, and Mitt Romney is the right person to take him on and get America back on track," Haley said in a statement released by the campaign. "He is a conservative businessman who has spent his life working in the economy, and he understands exactly how jobs are created. He is not a creature of Washington, and he knows what it means to make decisions – real decisions – not simply cast a vote. Our country will need real leadership to undo President Obama’s failed policies, and replace them with the conservative principles Mitt Romney learned turning around businesses and a failing Olympics and successfully, conservatively governing a Democratic state. I am proud to endorse him and will work my hardest to ensure he is elected so we can turn around our country."

A first-term governor, Haley was elected in 2010 and has an approval rating of 34 percent in the state. South Carolina will hold its "First in the South" presidential primary on January 21.

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