Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington in April. File/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

COLUMBIA — Former Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing former state Rep. Ralph Norman in his bid to win the GOP nomination for the 5th Congressional District seat.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and her husband, Michael, contributed $100 to the Rock Hill real estate developer, who has been a longtime ally of Haley, Norman's campaign said.

"Like Nikki, he's a fighter, he's a reformer, and he's not afraid to remind politicians that they work for the taxpayers, not the other way around," said Rob Godfrey, a former deputy chief of staff for Haley when she was governor.

Norman confirmed to The Post and Courier on Wednesday that he had received a political contribution from Haley but would not say how much the donation was.

Norman is facing state Rep. Tommy Pope, a Rock Hill attorney and former prosecutor, in a runoff Tuesday to meet Democrat Archie Parnell, a Sumter businessman, later this summer.

Pope has received an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Spartanburg Republican who has been mentioned as a possible successor to James Comey as FBI director.  

The congressional seat that stretches from the North Carolina border near Charlotte to Sumter opened midterm when Mick Mulvaney resigned to become President Donald Trump's budget chief.

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Columbia Bureau Chief

Shain is Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier. He was editor of Free Times and was a reporter and editor at The State, The Charlotte Observer and The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.

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