From the WashPo’s Chris Cillizza:
South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley’s easy victory in the state’s gubernatorial runoff Tuesday is sure to establish her as the newest rising star in the GOP ranks and a coveted 2012 endorser.
Not only does Haley look different than the stereotypical Republican — she is an Indian-American woman — but she is also the favorite to be the next governor of a state that will play a very large role in selecting the 2012 presidential nominee.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a near-certain candidate for that office, was quick to praise Haley, who he had endorsed earlier this year and who has endorsed his 2008 presidential campaign as well. “Against the longest of odds, Nikki Haley took on the political establishment and won,” said Romney.