The South Carolina Legislature on Wednesday over-rode Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) veto of state spending on the Palmetto State’s first-in-the-South presidential primary.
Haley vetoed 34 budget items and the Republican-controlled Legislature then overrode 25 of them, including spending on the primary, according to local news reports.
Citing budgetary constraints, Haley had vetoed $680,000 for the primary which left some Republicans in the state worried they would lose their traditional early spot as the first presidential primary in the South. Since 1980, no Republican has won the nomination for the presidency without winning the South Carolina primary.