Indian American Nikki Haley will be South Carolina governor

November 3rd, 2010 - 10:16 am ICT by IANS  

Bobby Jindal Washington, Nov 3 (IANS) Republican Nikki Haley, daughter of Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, will be the new governor of South Carolina state after she defeated her Democratic rival Vincent Sheheen in a close race.

The results in Tuesday’s election show Haley with 51 percent of the votes to Sheheen’s 47 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting.

She’ll be the first woman chief executive of the state and America’s second Indian-American governor after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, who became the first with his election three years ago.

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