Gov. Nikki Haley rode into power with the embrace of the Tea Party and its icon Sarah Palin. So there was consternation on the part of many of her old supporters when she endorsed Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race.
"My understanding from talking to a lot of the conservative grass roots groups is that they do no want Mitt Romney to be the nominee,'' said Luke Towery, vice president of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party.
Ms. Haley nonetheless got a warm reception Monday morning when she addressed a state convention of the Tea Party, meeting a few miles away from the spot where the GOP contenders would debate later in the evening. Speaking with reporters later, she lauded Mr. Romney's record in Massachusetts and called him the candidate best able to remove what she called the biggest problem she has as governor -- President Obama.