Republican candidate for governor Nikki Haley got the "rock star" treatment from about 50 supporters outside York County's GOP headquarters in Rock Hill on Sunday night.
"Go Nikki, Go!" the crowd chanted at the urging of York County Republican Party Chairman Glenn McCall. Supporters held up signs and cheered as Haley's tour bus pulled up to the headquarters on Celanese Road.
Haley, a state representative from Lexington, was joined by GOP lieutenant governor candidate Ken Ard, Attorney General Henry McMaster and state Reps. Gary Simrill and Ralph Norman, both of Rock Hill.
Haley stopped in Rock Hill on her bus tour to build support for Tuesday's election. She is opposed by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen.
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Earlier Sunday, Haley spoke in Spartanburg, and she's expected to be at USC-Lancaster at 8 a.m. today. From there, she is scheduled for stops in Sheheen's hometown of Camden, Winnsboro, Newberry and Gilbert.
"We are getting ready to take over America, so every state looks at South Carolina and says, 'That's how you do it.'" Haley told the crowd.
Haley reflected on her 18-month campaign and how the "grass roots effort" started with a message and spread through word of mouth.
Government's purpose is to secure the rights of people, not to be all things to all people, she said. If elected, Haley said she hopes to institute term limits for state offices and make sure all legislative votes and spending records are posted online for easy access by the public.
"We have a choice on Tuesday," Haley said. "... We can either go with a longtime political insider or go with someone who knows exactly who she works for - the people of South Carolina."
Jeanette and Ed Tynan of Rock Hill came to Sunday's rally to support Republican candidates.
"We need change, and the right kind of change and hope," said Jeanette Tynan.
That change, Ed Tynan added, includes bettering the schools and bringing jobs to the state. Those are things he said he thinks Haley is better equipped to bring about than Sheheen.
Lake Wylie resident Paula Kinziger said those who are undecided on who to vote for as governor should look at Haley's record.
"Look at what she's done and what she stands for," Kinziger said. "Don't believe everything you hear or read in the blogs."
She said the state has a lot of challenges ahead.
"We have to get back to priorities and individual responsibility and doing the right thing," Kinziger said. "Nikki will do the right thing."
Ard, one of the candidates who introduced Haley, said they would make a great team.
"I'm here for Nikki. I know she will be a great governor, and I will be a great lieutenant governor because I'm quite accustomed to having a woman tell me what to do," Ard joked.
McMaster echoed Ard's sentiments.
"Nikki Haley is going to be a great, great governor," he said. "She says yes to individual freedoms, and she'll fight for low taxes. She will fight for the things that have made this country and state great."
Democratic candidate plans to visit today
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen, a state senator from Camden, was campaigning in Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick and Greenwood on Sunday.
He is scheduled to make a stop in Rock Hill today, meeting with supporters and reporters at a "get out the vote" event at 4:30 p.m. at the Rock Hill-York County Airport.