Gov.-Elect Haley Begins Transition To Office 11-03-2010
Months of Nikki Haley's campaigning are giving way to a sprint during the next two months as she is poised to become South Carolina's first female governor. Haley said Wednesday it is still sinking in that she's been elected. Part of the reality, Haley said, is that the state's protective agents want to move her son's basketball goal so they can put up a guard shack at her home in Lexington. Haley moves into the governor's mansion after she is sworn in on Jan. 12. The Republican said that her children will continue attending the same Lexington County public schools they are in now after the move. Nikki HaleyVincent SheheenMorgan Reeves Haley already is beginning to shape her administration. She's set up a transition site on the Internet and met with House Republicans on Wednesday. Haley beat her Democratic rival Tuesday, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen. (Watch Haley's Acceptance Speech) "I want this to be history," Haley said during her acceptance speech Tuesday night. "We're turning a page. We're turning a page on where we've been, but the history will be on where we go." Sheheen said that the race was heated and long, but he looks forward to working with Haley in the future. (Watch Sheheen's Concession Speech) "At the end of the day, we can say we fought the good fight, we completed the race and we kept the faith," Sheheen said in his concession speech. The 38-year-old married mother of two beat back unproven accusations of infidelity and questions about her finances and experience. Haley is a three-term House member who campaigned as a political outsider and earned the backing of Sarah Palin. "What I'm telling you today is you've taken a chance on me," said Haley during her acceptance speech Tuesday night. "I will never stop trying to make you proud."